We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers studying the genetics of chromatin and gene regulation. We welcome inquiries from individuals from diverse experimental, computational and statistical backgrounds.
Our laboratory is currently using naturally occurring human genetic variation as a tool to understand how the genome specifies chromatin state and organization in immune cells. We are also interested in linking regulatory variation in immune cells to autoimmune and infectious disease risk. In much of our research we develop statistical and computational methods so that we can analyze and interpret data from genomics experiments such as ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq and CRISPR/Cas9. If this type of research sounds exciting to you, contact us.
The Salk Institute is a great place to work! It was founded in 1960 by Jonas Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine, and was designed by the renowned architect Louis Kahn. Today, the Salk Institute is an architectural landmark and is one of the top biological research institutes in the world.
The Salk Institute is located in beautiful La Jolla, a community of San Diego, California. It is close to many other world-class research institutes including the University of California San Diego, the Scripps Research Insitute, the La Jolla Insitute for Allergy and Immunology, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the J. Craig Venter Institute. Many biotechnology companies such as Illumina, Novartis and Human Longevity Inc. are also nearby.
Graduate students can join the McVicker Lab through training programs at UCSD. We are a part of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology program and are accepting rotation students. Interested students from other programs at UCSD are encouraged to contact the lab to discuss the possibility of rotating.
We welcome inquiries from postdoctoral candidates who wish to tackle cutting-edge research problems in human genetics, chromatin biology and immunology. Individuals should have strong quantitive and/or experimental backgrounds. Applicants must have, or expect to receive, a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (Computer Science, Genetics, Statistics, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Bioinformatics, etc). To apply: Email Graham () with a brief cover letter describing your background and research interests, your CV, and contact information for 2-3 references.
We are committed to diversity in science. We are therefore especially interested in receiving applications from women and underrepresented minorities.