Postdoctoral fellowship in machine learning methods, genomics, and proteomics

Two postdoctoral fellowships are available in the lab of William Stafford Noble in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. Both projects involve developing, validating and applying machine learning methods to large molecular biological data sets. One fellow will focus on analyzing protein tandem mass spectrometry data, and a second will focus on analyzing genomic and epigenomic data related to the three-dimensional structure of DNA in the nucleus. The research will be carried out in collaboration with a variety of research groups at the University of Washington and elsewhere.

Our research group develops and applies computational techniques for modeling and understanding biological processes at the molecular level. Our research emphasizes the application of statistical and machine learning techniques, such as dynamic Bayesian networks, support vector machines, and neural networks. We apply these techniques to various types of biological data, including DNA and protein sequence data, shotgun proteomics mass spectrometry data, and a variety of high-throughput genomic data types. More information is available at

An ideal candidate would have training both in machine learning and computational biology. However, talented individuals who lack significant background in one of these two areas will also be considered. Starting dates are flexible.

The Department of Genome Sciences was founded in September 2001 as the fusion of the Departments of Genetics and Molecular Biotechnology. Research in the department addresses leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches that take advantage of genomic information now available for humans, model organisms and a host of other species. Ten faculty are members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 2001 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Lee Hartwell. Four training faculty are Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators.

The University of Washington is consistently ranked as one of the top research universities in the country and has more than 25,000 undergraduates and 9,000 others enrolled in its professional and graduate programs. Seattle is considered one of the nation's most beautiful and livable cities, boasting an array of cultural activities, parks, sports teams and restaurants, and serving as the gateway to National Parks and Forests, as well as boating, skiing and hiking areas.

The University of Washington is a culturally diverse community, and we strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates. The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a CV, research statement and names of at least three references to