Visiting postdoctoral scholar in Bioinformatics at TIGS

 Bengaluru, Karnataka


The Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) is a partnership between the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the India-based philanthropic Tata Trusts. TIGS is currently funded by a generous gift from the Tata Trusts, which are among India’s oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organizations that have established several of India’s leading institutions, such as the Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Tata Memorial Hospital and many other institutions of national and international importance. The overarching goal of TIGS is to advance global science and technology research in a socially conscious and ethical manner to ultimately find solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing issues, ranging from public health to agriculture.

TIGS-India, a new public charitable Trust, was launched in summer 2017, and operates as a Center within the Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine Institute (inStem) in Bangalore, Karnataka. TIGS-India will work collaboratively with its partner institute, TIGS-UC San Diego to train personnel, advance research, and facilitate the broad applications leveraging the latest genetics technologies for the improvement of human health and agriculture within India, and advancing knowledge in basic sciences.

A fully-funded, postdoctoral training opportunity within the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society is immediately available to candidates with a PhD in the following or related fields:
evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, experimental genomics, statistics, molecular biology, or genetics.

The most competitive candidates will have experience in computational genomics and/​or experimental genomics. Candidates will work in the laboratory of Professor J.J. Emerson at the University of California Irvine (http://​emer​son​lab​.org/).


Funding will be available for a maximum duration of two years, subject to a clear definition of project aims, biannual project reports, formal annual presentations and an annual evaluation of significant progress both by the TIGS faculty mentor and a TIGS-UC San Diego Advisory Group chaired by the Associate Director of the Institute. Each award covers the costs of the postdoctoral stipend, benefits, lab supplies, travel to San Diego, and equipment.

The best candidates will have the possibility of exciting job opportunities and incentives for continuation of their work at TIGS-India in Bangalore.


Strong candidates will have experience in covering one of the following two skillsets. Familiarity with both is a plus:

  • command line and shell scripting and one or more programming languages (e.g. python or perl).; 
  • experimental genomics, specifically with high molecular weight DNA isolation and library preparation for high throughput genomics approaches (e.g. Illumina, PacBio, Oxford Nanopore, Hi‑C, and optical mapping).

To Apply

Applications: Interested applicants should upload their CVs, list of publications, and a statement of specific interest in the position described above by visiting:

Applications are encouraged from diverse candidates, but preference will be given to those who are interested in continuing this work at TIGS-India upon completion of the post-doctoral training at UC Irvine. 

Application deadline: December 1, 2018.

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