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Postdoctoral Scholar-Statistical Genetics

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Application Window

Open date: November 22, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Dec 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Aug 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Applications are sought for a full-time Postdoctoral position. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary research team led by Drs. Dan Benjamin and Alex Young in the Department of Human Genetics at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. The focus of the lab is social-science genomics: the identification of genetic variation that is associated with variation in behavior and other social-science-relevant phenotypes. The Postdoc will play a major role in the Polygenic Index Repository, creating optimal genetic predictors for a range of behavioral traits. For examples of related past research, see the “Genoeconomics” tab at

This position requires a Ph.D. in genetics, computational biology, biostatistics or closely related field. Successful candidates for this position will have demonstrated research excellence, as evidenced through their publication record. Additionally, they will have excellent analytical skills, strong written and oral communication skills, significant knowledge of a specialized area of research, experience working on externally funded grants, the ability to lead projects and proposals and work as a member of multi-disciplinary teams, and a commitment to understanding the genetics of behavioral phenotypes.

Basic Qualifications
• PhD in genetics, computational biology, biostatistics, or related field.

Additional Qualifications
• Demonstrated research skills, preferably in the form of peer reviewed publications.
• Demonstrated success initiating and leading research projects.

To Apply
Please submit the following documents, as a single pdf document, to, with the subject line of ‘Postdoc applicant, Statistical Genetics 2023’:
(1) A cover letter
(2) your resume
(3) a transcript (can be unofficial), and
(4) a paper you’ve written for a course, a research paper, or other writing sample.

We especially encourage women and those from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM fields to apply to our lab.

Start date: Summer 2023 (flexible).

Duration: The initial appointment shall be for a duration of one (1) year.

The position will remain open until it is filled.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in genetics, computational biology, biostatistics, or related field

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Transcript - Unofficial also acceptable

  • Writing Sample - a paper you’ve written for a course, a research paper, or other writing sample

  • Certificate of PhD Completion - If you are a recent grad, an official note from your institution's registrar's office confirming your completion is also acceptable.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

Reference requirements


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Campus Information

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