Doctoral and Master’s level research opportunities

The BiomedicalĀ Genetics Program is a research division at Boston University and provides opportunities for students enrolled in many of the graduate programs at Boston University to conduct doctoral or masters level dissertation projects. To learn more about graduate degree programs in the biomedical sciences at Boston University, please contact the admissions office for the graduate school(s) closest to your area(s) of interest.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS)
Graduate Program in Bioinformatics
Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS)
Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH)

If you are already an admitted graduate student at Boston University and are interested in working on a research or thesis project in the Biomedical Genetics Program, please contact any of our faculty members to discuss your research interests and potential opportunities.


The BiomedicalĀ Genetics Program at Boston University is seeking researchers to participate in ongoing and new multi center projects aimed at understanding the genetic basis of complex diseases through linkage mapping, candidate gene association and genetic modeling approaches. Opportunities for training and research are available in many studies including:

Alzheimer disease (6 distinct projects)
Substance Dependence
Macular Degeneration

The research environment is enhanced by a Genetic Epidemiology Center featuring state-of-the-art computing facilities (including two linux clusters comprised of 300+ processors dedicated to genetic epidemiology projects), an interactive group including 10 faculty-level genetic epidemiologists, strong epidemiology and biostatistics programs in the School of Public Health, a molecular genetics core facility within the Biomedical Genetics Program enabling genetics research in large patient populations, and collaborative ties with the Framingham Study. Strong background in a quantitative science is required; experience in genetics or related field recommended. Preference will be given to applicants meeting residency requirements for sponsorship from an NIH training grant.


The Biomedical Genetics division at Boston University School of Medicine is seeking a researcher to participate in ongoing and new projects aimed at understanding the genetic basis of Alzheimer disease. This position will include analysis of high throughput data (genome wide association and exome chip arrays, genome/exome/RNA sequencing, and targeted gene resequencing) for several local and multi-center projects including the Alzheimer Disease Genetics Consortium and the national Alzheimer Disease Sequencing Project.

The research environment is enhanced by state-of-the-art computing facilities including the Massachusetts Green High Performing Computer Cluster (, a highly interactive group including several faculty-level genetic epidemiologists, strong statistical genetics and bioinformatics training programs, a University-wide Statistical Genetics Working Group, and a molecular genetics core facility within the Biomedical Genetics division enabling genetics research in large populations.

Postdoctoral applicants should have completed or be in the process of completing a PhD or equivalent. Preferred fields of study and training include Genetic Epidemiology, Biostatistics/Statistics, Bioinformatics, Human Genetics, and Applied Mathematics. Programming skills in R (or other programming and statistical software) as well as experience with large datasets is strongly desired and should be indicated in the cover letter. US citizenship or permanent resident status is preferable but not required.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by e-mail to Dr. Lindsay Farrer (; phone: (617) 638-5393; fax: (617) 638-4275

Applicant may start immediately but later start dates are available and the position will remain open until filled.

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