Postdoctoral Research Positions Available at Department of Statistics, UCLA


The research group “Junction of Statistics and Biology” led by Professor Jingyi Jessica Li ( in the Department of Statistics at UCLA invites applications for a postdoctoral position, available from November 2016. The research in the group focuses on developing statistical methods to address important biological and biomedical questions from high-throughput genetic and genomic data. Our current projects include: modeling next-generation RNA sequencing data for identifying and quantifying full-length mRNA transcripts, identification of gene-gene and protein-DNA relationships using diverse genomic data, comparison of developmental time courses and various tissues and cells of different species using epigenomic and transcriptomic data, and statistical methodology development motivated by genomic applications. We will strongly support highly motivated postdocs to initiate independent lines of research.


To be considered for this position, an applicant should have:

·       a PhD degree in a related field (statistics, biostatistics, computer science, machine learning, mathematics, bioinformatics, computational biology, etc.)

·       strong programming skills: (Python | C | C++ | Java) & (R | Matlab)

·       strong quantitative background (statistical modeling, machine learning, etc.) or extensive computational genomics experiences (high-throughput sequencing data analysis, bioinformatic applications, etc.)

·       first author paper(s) written in English in previous area of research, with status as submitted, accepted or published in journals or conference proceedings

·       strong oral and written communication skills in English

·       the availability to visit UCLA for an onsite interview

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit (1) a letter of interest, (2) a one-page proposal for a project to be conducted in Professor Li's group, (3) CV, and (4) three references (including name and contact information) to jli [at] with subject line “Postdoc application.”