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Research Associate in the Division of Science [Biology] - Dr. Youssef Idaghdour

NYU Abu Dhabi is pioneering a new model of higher education for a global world, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research and to advancing cooperation and progress on humanity?s shared challenges. Drawing on the strengths of the NYU global network, it offers an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education to students from the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and around the world, with a distinctive focus on intercultural understanding and leadership. It supports innovative research and graduate education programs that push forward the frontiers of knowledge and respond in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local challenges.


New York University Abu Dhabi seeks to recruit a Research Associate with expertise in bioinformatics and statistical genetics to work within the newly established Virtual Research Institute (VRI). The role of the selected applicant will focus on supporting the Institute’s mission to develop a comprehensive research infrastructure - whereby diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment are tailored to each patient. The program aims to understand the basis of health outcomes and traits related to the most common non-communicable diseases in the UAE and to integrate large multi-omics and neuroimaging datasets.

The appointed applicant will conduct advance bioinformatic and statistical analysis to advance scientific knowledge in this field and will contribute to the development of solutions to handle the analysis of large amounts of genomic, neuroimaging and health-related data. Position duties include performing bioinformatic data analysis of genomic datasets (e.g. whole genome genotyping and sequencing) using various tools and working directly on the design and implementation of analysis pipelines that support research needs in coordination with NYUAD’s Core Bioinformatics and HPC teams. The successful candidate will also contribute to scientific publications, write documentation for the tools, pipelines and resources available, integrate into the existing team of scientists and participate and lead training sessions of the VRI team. The candidate must have excellent organizational and communication skills with a high level of proficiency in English and the ability to work effectively in a team as well as individually.


  • PhD with experience in bioinformatics, statistical genetics or computational biology;
  • Advanced skills with programming and experience with HPC environments;
  • Experience with complex traits and human genomic data analysis (e.g. WGS, Variant Calling, Annotation).
  • Publication record representative of required qualifications

  • Experience in managing genomics databases
  • Experience with standard statistics packages
For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with full publication list, statement of research interests, transcript and three letters of reference, all in PDF format. If you have any further questions, please send an email to Dr. Youssef Idaghdour at

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled.


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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