Postdoctoral Positions in the Lab of Maha Farhat


The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Harvard Medical School and the Farhat Lab are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow in infectious disease genomics. 

Pathogens display a remarkable range of variability in phenotypes relevant to disease including transmissibility, organ tropism, and antibiotic resistance. Elucidating the biological mechanisms for these differences is a fundamental question in the study of infectious diseases and creates new avenues for surveillance, diagnosis and personalized treatment. The heritability of disease phenotypes within pathogen species and their evolution over generations indicates that they should be genetically encoded. As a result, the study of pathogen whole genome sequence (WGS) data is expected to further our understanding of these traits.


The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for developing and applying computational methodologies to identify novel infectious disease genomic markers and to assess their diagnostic and surveillance potential.

Basic Requirements

We are an interdisciplinary lab. Candidates may have an MD or PhD degree in epidemiology, bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, or a related field. The candidate interested in this position must be highly motivated and demonstrate initiative in assigned tasks.

Additional Requirements

Experience in programming R, Python, and/or Perl and statistical analysis or at least an interest in learning these skills will be necessary. The candidate and PI can work together to delineate the fellow's training needs and develop a program to fulfill this, utilizing the department and university’s wide range of resources.


The position is available immediately and can be renewed annually.

How to apply

Email applications including curriculum vitae, summary statement of personal objective and research interests, PDFs of the best two papers, and the names and email addresses of three references to

Harvard Medical School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


For Additional Information

Maha Farhat, MD, MSc
Member of the Department of Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School
Assistant Physician
Pulmonary and Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital

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