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New York Genome Center


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Single Cell Epigenomics, Zhu Lab


New York, NY
ID: 693-105

Dr. Chenxu Zhu's research group at the New York Genome Center (NYGC) and Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is looking for motivated postdoctoral researchers interested in single-cell genomics and gene regulation. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Chenxu Zhu and collaborators inside and outside of NYGC and WCM, at the intersection of chemical biology, genomics and computational biology.


About the Zhu Lab

The Zhu Lab ( develops cutting-edge genomics technologies to study gene regulation in development, aging, and cancer. We integrate approaches spanning chemical biology, molecular biology and computation biology, to design creative tools to analyze the relationships between multiple molecular layers at single-cell level, and to apply these tools to study the combined effects of multiple regulatory inputs to functional outputs during cell fate specification and maintenance. The lab is located at the NYGC; we are part of Department of Physiology and Biophysics and Institute for Computational Biomedicine at WCM.


Position Description

We are looking for postdoctoral scientists to develop innovative genomics technologies for understanding gene regulation mechanisms. The postdoctoral scientist will lead an exciting project to develop single-cell multiomics technologies and also have the opportunities to study gene regulation programs in human diseases with the new tools. The postdoctoral scientist will work closely with the PI on the research program and potential fellowship and grant applications. In addition, we envision that the postdoctoral scientist will play a major role in developing new projects in a supportive team science environment.


To be considered for this role, please provide (1) a CV with a list of publications, (2) a brief summary of your research interests, and (3) a list of three references and their contact information.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Requirements & Qualifications

  • D. (or about to obtain a Ph.D. degree) in Molecular Biology, Chemical Biology, Bioinformatics required;
  • Experience in genomics or epigenetics required;
  • Excellent communication skills and collaborative spirits are required;
  • Experience in developmental biology, cancer genetics, or neuroscience preferred;
  • Candidates with a strong interest in developing both computational and experimental skills are highly encouraged.


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At NYGC we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.



  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.


Work Flexibility

NYGC has established a flexible work policy to give employees and other staff more ability to balance their work, personal commitments, and commuting challenges. The incumbent in this position is eligible for a flexible work schedule or hybrid remote work arrangement with supervisory approval.


Salary & Benefits

The pay range for this position is $63,000 - 68,000 per year; the base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Separately, the NYGC offers a $1,500 per month taxable postdoctoral housing allowance ($18,000 per year).


In addition, NYGC offers a full range of medical, financial, and other benefits as well as generous time off. This includes Medical/Dental/Vision for employees & dependent(s); Vacation, Holidays, Sick, and Other Leave, including a paid winter break; a 401(k) match; Life Insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; employee Tuition Reimbursement; flexible schedules and telework options for some positions; an Employee Assistance Program; and much more.


About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.


Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with the leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.


Equal Opportunity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to NYGC’s core mission. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.


The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NYGC takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 


FLSA Status – Exempt

This position is eligible for visa sponsorship and relocation assistance.

This position is located at 101 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor, New York, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.