Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit

Join the PNGU team

Employment Opportunities:

Post-Doctoral Scientist (Psychiatric Genetics, Statistical Genetics, and Precision Medicine) PIs Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD and Phil Hyoun Lee, PhD.   

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the MGH Center for Human Genetic Research has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral position for development, integration, and application of genetic, functional genomic, statistical and bioinformatic methods to large-scale studies of disease susceptibility and precision medicine. Ongoing studies include common and rare variant genetic analyses of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroimaging genetics, functional genomic studies of transcriptomic and protein networks, precision medicine analyses of electronic health records, and risk prediction modeling. 

Close supervision and intensive training will be provided by a team of collegial experts in neuropsychiatric genetics, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, and genetic epidemiology. We seek a highly motivated and dedicated MD or PhD in genetics/genomics, bioinformatics, applied mathematics, or statistical genetics with excellent quantitative skills, proven ability to work well in a collaborative environment, fluency with all modes of communication in English, and strong writing skills. The successful applicant will have strong training in statistics or biostatistics, data mining, and functional genomic analysis as well as experience with database management and computer programming. To apply, please send a single email containing your CV, a short statement describing your qualifications for this position, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Jordan W. Smoller at jsmoller@hms.harvard.edu or Phil Lee at phil@broadinstitute.org 

Program Manager

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) of the Center for Human Genetic Research is seeking a Program Manager to coordinate and oversee clinical and translational research projects on the genetics of psychiatric disorders specifically for the Director as well as manage administrative and research tasks related to the running of the unit.

Scope of Position:  PNGU is a multidisciplinary research program devoted to understanding genetic and environmental contributions to childhood and adult psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Reporting to and working closely with the Director, the Program Manager will have responsibility for coordinating human subjects research and operational activities of the Director’s program including range of genetic and clinical research studies of neuropsychiatric disorders. He or she will play a key role in guiding the research activities of the program. He or she will also have primary responsibility for maintaining and managing human subjects’ approvals, study compliance, project timelines and documentation, coordinating research meetings, coordinating multisite research projects, creating and overseeing standard operating procedures for the research program and the unit, and training and supervising research assistants. He or she will also provide management support to the Principal Investigator in his various roles including but not limited to in the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center Translational Genetics Education Program. The ideal candidate must exhibit a high level of expertise and comfort in managing and facilitating objectives within a complex cross-functional project team that spans MGH clinics/departments and external sites. 

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to:

  • Provide leadership skills necessary to create effectively functioning operations.
  • Work productively and collaboratively with a wide variety of people, including clinical investigators, clinical and administrative support staff, colleagues and supervisors.
  • Understand and provide leadership to staff regarding the issues and regulations important to translational and human subjects research.
  • Ensures appropriate communication with all project stakeholders regarding timelines and status, deadlines, data requirements, logistics and all other project-related issues.
  • Personal skills: must be responsible and conscientious; have strong computer skills; outstanding interpersonal skills and sensitivity to human subjects issues; excellent communication skills (both written and oral), ability to work independently with minimal supervision; strong time management & organizational skills; and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

    Qualifications:
  • Masters degree or equivalent in health-related field
  • Experience in clinical research area, preferably mental health or genetic research.
  • People and or project management experience is a plus.

To apply, please send a single email containing your CV, a short statement describing your qualifications for this position, and contact information for three professional references to Supriya Gupta sgupta22@mgh.harvard.edu