Open Positions

New York Genome Center & Columbia University

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gürsoy Lab 

New York, NY

Position Description

The Gürsoy Lab is looking for an innovative and motivated postdoctoral research associate interested in developing privacy-preserving software, file formats, and pipelines that enable broad sharing and analysis of sensitive genotypic and phenotypic data in public servers. In addition to designing your own research and papers, there will be opportunities validating and benchmarking your tools on newly generated data in the lab and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students from Columbia University. You will work closely with the PI on curating your research program and potential fellowship and grant applications. You will interface regularly with collaborators inside and outside of NYGC and Columbia University.

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, or equivalent;
  • Proficiency in programming (C/C++, Java, Python) is required;
  • Background in genomic privacy and/or privacy-preserving computation (SMC, Homomorphic Encryption, SGX, etc) is preferred;
  • Familiarity with analyzing omics data is preferred;
  • Familiarity with molecular biology and genetics is preferred;
  • Excellent organization and communication skills are essential, along with a high degree of independence and flexibility required; and,
  • The ability and interest to interact with other members of the research group are required.

Note: If you’re already a postdoc and interested in a more senior position, a research scientist / lab manager position can also be available depending on the candidate’s background and preferences.

Interested candidates should send a A CV, a brief research statement to gamze.gursoy at, and have 2 recommenders to send their letters directly to gamze.gursoy at

New York Genome Center & Columbia University & New York University

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gürsoy & Sanjana Labs 

New York, NY

Job Description
The Gursoy & Sanjana Labs at the New York Genome Center are looking for an energetic and motivated individual to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate within a highly creative and dynamic research team of scientists, computational biologists, engineers, and life science entrepreneurs. The successful candidate will be jointly mentored by Drs. Gamze Gürsoy and Neville Sanjana at the intersection of computational biology and genomic tech development and have the opportunity to also be affiliated with Columbia University and New York University.

About the labs

The Sanjana lab works at the intersection of genomics and bioengineering. We are curious about many things and are passionate about what we do. We primarily develop new technologies for hacking and understanding biological systems. We try to learn from nature and to re-purpose what we learn to gain deeper insights into how genomes and neural systems function. In the lab, we modify genomes, perform high-throughput screens, differentiate human neurons from stem cells, watch synapses rewire, find vulnerabilities in cancer cells and have a lot of fun in the process. We aim to have a tangible impact on improving human health by creating new biological tools and fundamental biological discovery.

The Gursoy lab develops tools to analyze and understand large-scale omics data in relation to diseases and phenotypes. We are interested in developing computational and experimental tools to map the regulatory wiring of the chromatin to interrogate the regulatory variation affecting the molecular phenotypes associated with diseases. We develop statistical methods to make sense out of noisy and incomplete measurements.

About the position

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist to develop next-generation technologies for understanding genome structure and function. This position will be at the intersection of computational and wet-lab work, with co-mentorship by both PIs and membership in both labs. The postdoctoral scientist will lead an exciting project that combines cutting-edge statistical methods and genome technology development, involving CRISPR and single-cell multi-omics. 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 email both Drs. Gursoy and Sanjana (gamze.gursoy@gmail.comnsanjana@nygenome.orgwith: 1) CV with a list of publications; 2) a short summary of your present and future research interests; 3) a list of three references and their contact information with your application.

Required Skills
The ideal candidate will hold a PhD or MD-PhD, have prior research experience in any of the followings: molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology and/or genomics and prior peer-reviewed publications. The candidate will be expected to plan and carry out research tasks independently and write-up/present findings on a regular basis. Biologists with strong molecular biology skills who are looking to improve their computational skills are particularly encouraged to apply for this position.

NYGC: A cutting-edge environment for genomics

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit academic research institution at the forefront of transforming biomedical research with the mission of advancing clinical care. A collaboration of premier academic, medical and industry leaders across the globe, the New York Genome Center is committed to advancing genomic research and offering clinical genomic testing so that new treatments, therapies and therapeutics against human disease can be developed. NYGC member organizations and partners are united in this unprecedented collaboration of technology, science and medicine, designed to harness the power of innovation and discoveries to advance genomic services.

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. The New York Genome Center 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.