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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 uses naturally occurring human genetic variation, genome perturbations, and computational analysis to determine how genetic variants affect chromatin state and gene expression. We are also interested in linking regulatory variation with disease risk. In much of our research we develop statistical and computational methods so that we can analyze and interpret data from genomics experiments including as single-cell ATAC-seq, RNA-seq, and CRISPR-based genome perturbations. If this type of research sounds exciting to you, contact us.

About the Salk Institute

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, Scripps Research, the La Jolla Insitute for Immunology, Sanford Burnham Prebys and the J. Craig Venter Institute. Many biotechnology companies such as Illumina and Novartis are also nearby.

Graduate Students

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, such as Biomedical Sciences and Biological Sciences are encouraged to contact the lab to discuss the possibility of rotating.


We welcome inquiries from postdoctoral candidates. 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.

Other Individuals

If you are interested in the lab, but don't see a relevant position listed here, please feel free to contact Graham () with an inquiry.


We are committed to diversity in science. We are therefore especially interested in receiving applications from women and underrepresented minorities.