A 2-3 year postdoctoral position in statistical population genetics will be available in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. The position will be under the supervision of Jonathan Pritchard (currently in Statistics, University of Oxford), who will be joining the faculty of that department.

The position is funded by a start-up grant from the University of Chicago, and is not tied to a particular project. One area of particular interest is in the development of statistical methods for complex disease mapping. Possible projects include the development of Markov chain Monte Carlo methods for inferring the location of disease mutations, or extensions of recent work on inference of population structure (Genetics 2000 155:945; AJHG 2000 67:170). Another area of interest is in the development of computationally intensive techniques for inferring human evolutionary history from genetic data.

The University of Chicago is extremely strong in the research areas related to this position. There are possibilities for close collaboration with a number of leading empirical groups including groups studying human variation and complex disease mapping. There is also a strong community in statistics in general, and statistical genetics in particular.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to Jonathan Pritchard ( Applications including a CV, statement of research interests, copies of up to 3 publications, and names and full contact details of 2-3 referees should either be emailed or mailed to J. Pritchard (at the address given below). Review of applications will begin on the 30th April 2001, and continue until the position is filled. The earliest start date is 1 September, 2001.

For further information:
Dept of Human Genetics:
Jonathan Pritchard: