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Joining the Li Group

The Li Group is actively recruiting well-qualified postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and rotation students. See postdoc Ad and BCB rotation Ad for latest projects.


Applicants should have strong quantitative background with strong statistical and computational skills. Knowledge in biology or genetics is desired but not required. Postdoctoral fellows should know at least one programming language (e.g., C/C++, Java, Perl, Python) and at least one statistical package (e.g., SAS, R, MatLab).

Salary and Benefits for Postdoctoral Fellows

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and will be equal to or exceed NIH postdoctoral stipends. Benefits will be in accordance with UNC standard postdoctoral benefits, including medical insurance, continuing education, and retirement plan.

Application Procedure for Postdoctoral Fellows

Please email the following materials to
  • A Cover Letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Sample Codes from Recent Programming;
  • Publication Reprints;
  • Contact Information of 3 References.

Potential Projects

Potential projects include but are not limited to:
  • Analysis of chromotin structure data, such as Hi-C, PLAC-seq;
  • Analysis of single cell RNA seq data;
  • Variant discovery, genotyping calling, and haplotype reconstruction from sequence data;
  • Design of sequence-based studies for studying complex human traits;
  • Analysis of rare genetic variants for association with complex traits;
  • Genotype imputation and analysis of imputed data for association studies;
  • Analysis of transcriptome sequencing data;
  • Analysis of whole genome, whole exome sequencing data;
  • Gene mapping in admixed populations.


Our group currently has 3 Ph.D. students and one rotation Ph.D. student, from the department of Biostatistics, Computer Science, and the BBSP program. See Li Group People for details. We welcome new members from a wide range of disciplines including Biostatistics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science and other quantitative disciplines.


Our group has been actively participating in a number of projects. Examples include the 1000 Genomes Project where Dr. Li serves as the Project Leader on calling SNP genotypes from low-coverage pilot; the GlaxoSmithKline QPOC Sequencing Project where targeted sequencing for the exons of 202 genes was carried out in >14,000 individuals; the Exome Sequencing Project (ESP); and the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey (CLHNS). See Li Group Collaborations for details.

Research Environment

We are pround of what we have to offer:
  • World-Class University;
  • Great Neighborhood (Research Triangle);
  • Great Location (Chapel Hill);
  • Great Graduate Programs;
  • World-Renowned Geneticists and Statisticians;
  • Great Computing Facilities.
See Research Environment for details.