expectations

Working in the group comes with expectations and responsibilities on both sides. We take all aspects of personal and professional development seriously. You should expect:

  • To spend 4-6 years in the lab pursuing projects (post-docs and graduate students). Post-graduate associates are limited to two years. Shorter stays are usually insufficient to make meaningful progress on a topic, collate and publish the results, so you can take your next career step.

  • Respect, professional courtesy, tolerance, and honesty during and after your time in the lab.

  • Regular feedback on experiments, ideas, writing and presentations.

  • Regular 1:1 mentorship meetings with Chris - typically breakfast on Wednesdays, off-site. You have one-two hours of undivided attention. No question or subject off-limits: work-home balance, how to navigate political situations, long-term goals.

  • Continuing assessment of your specific needs for hard and soft skills, and support to work towards acquiring them.

  • Chris to develop new projects, and assist you in developing your own projects. This includes projects you will take with you when you leave the lab.

  • Guidance in how to write proposals, manuscripts, and presentations. Specific and timely feedback on multiple iterations.

  • Support to travel to one professional meeting per year.

We expect from you:

  • Respect, professional courtesy and tolerance. For everyone, in any role or of any seniority. We critique the work, not the person.

  • The highest ethical standards for research.

  • Actively develop projects to ask important scientific questions. Life is too short for ditch-digging.

  • Maintain a lab journal, including sample inventories, directories of data, annotated and versioned code, detailed methods. These must be sufficient to reproduce results without additional instructions.

  • Regular attendance at project meetings. This includes preparation of an agenda ahead of time, material for discussion, and paying attention during the meeting.

  • Do your share of general lab responsibilities (servers, maintain common areas, taking turns hosting visitors). We are a community. There are always little things that make life better for everyone. We do them, even if they are not our “job”.

  • Participation in projects you do not lead - we contribute to each other’s work.

  • You will write fellowship applications appropriate to your training level. You will receive substantial mentorship, but you will lead.

  • Be available for a minimum pre-arranged set of hours to facilitate interactions.

Inspired by (and partially copied from) Melissa Wilson.


Scientific advisor

We are looking to recruit an experienced scientist who will act as a Scientific Advisor to the lab. The position comes with a great deal of independence; with the support of the PI, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Maintain our culture of professional excellence and personal respect and tolerance.

  • Create group scientific strategy and ensure timely execution. Identify and solve difficulties.

  • Oversee day-to-day scientific activities and give input to help people reach their goals.

  • Assist in planning and writing grants, project proposals, scientific publications and presentations.

  • Attend professional events to stay up-to-date on new methodology and progress in the field.

  • Directly participate in projects as expertise warrants.

  • In Chris’ absence, run the group day-to-day.

The successful candidate will ahve:

  • An analytical mindset, excellent organizational and management skills, and ability to prioritize.

  • A Ph.D. in genetics/biostatistics/computational biology/immunology or related field, with 3+ years post-doctoral training or equivalent experience.

  • Strong research experience with proven track record.

  • Clear and effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills essential. Ability to build strong working relationships and to foster collaboration.


post-graduate or post-doctoral scholar

We are looking for a motivated scientist to lead our efforts to map genes driving risk of common epilepsy in humans. In this project, we will identify genetic variants predisposing to epilepsy and the genes they affect, then use this information to assess if epilepsy subtypes are driven by the same pathogenic mechanisms, and if these are shared with co-morbid psychiatric disease. We will also identify outcome predictors for persons with epilepsy, and their genetic determinants.

We will leverage the Danish national hospital register system, which allows us to identify all persons with a diagnosis of epilepsy, their subsequent diagnoses and life events, and compare this to their genotype. This project is part of an ongoing collaboration with Aarhus University, supported by a grant from the NINDS.


Summer interns

We occasionally offer motivated high-school or undergraduate researchers a two-three month paid internship in our group during summer break. We have already filled our slots for 2019 - try for 2020!

To apply successfully, you should have some track record in performing research projects, and skills either in mathematics/statistics, programming in python or R, or human cell culture or immunology. You should have read our papers and tell us how you would benefit from joining our group specifically. Internships are a great way to experience research and add to your CV, but they come at substantial investment of time and money on our part - help us choose you.