Research Assistant Position in Jian Yang Lab, School of Life Sciences, Westlake University

Category: Research Team

Department: SLS

Location: Yunqi, Hangzhou, CN

Employment Type: Full-time

Introduction of The Lab/ Research Field

Jian Yang is a tenured Professor of Statistical Genetics at the School of Life Sciences, Westlake University, China. He received his PhD in 2008 from Zhejiang University, China, before undertaking postdoctoral research at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia (2008-2011). He moved to The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, as a Research Fellow in 2012 and was reappointed as a Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader in January 2014. He was promoted to be an Associate Professor in December 2014, and then a Professor in January 2017 at UQ. He joined Westlake University in September 2020. His primary research interests are focused on understanding the genomic variations among individuals within and between populations and the links of genomic variations with health outcomes.

He was the 2012 recipient of the Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize, in recognition of his contribution to solving the ‘missing heritability’ paradox. He was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Ruth Stephens Gani Medal for distinguished research in human genetics (2015) and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Sciences - Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year (2017). He was named in the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers in 2018 and 2019. He has published a career total of >160 papers (including 35 ESI Highly Cited Papers) which have received >27,000 citations (Web of Science, July 2020).

The primary research interests of the Statistical Genetics Laboratory (StatGenLab) are focused on understanding the genomic variations among people within and between populations and the links of the genomic variations with health outcomes. The research interests of StatGenLab include (but are not limited to)

1) Genomic variations and health;

2) Integrating omics data to understand the genetic mechanisms for diseases;

3) Genomic risk prediction;

4) Cancer genomics;

5) High-performance statistical genetics methods and tools.

Job Description

Position: Research Assistant(1)


1)Proficient in Linux, and proficient in Bash script;

2)Proficiency in at least one scripting language (e.g. R language);

3)Ability of web development and Administration;

4)Proficient in at least one program language (e.g. C / C + +).

Other requirements:

1)Bachelor degree or above, major in bioinformatics or computer science is preferred;

2)Exceptional written and oral communication skills.

Compensation and Benefits

The research team offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. Applications for relevant projects and programs will be encouraged and supported.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following documents in English as PDF files to, and indicate the Post-doc application in the email subject.


2)2 reference letters

3)Degree Certificate