The Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL), an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation initiative, welcomes applications for candidates for a computational postdoctoral appointment at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. The CCDL’s mission is to accelerate the pace of finding cures for childhood cancer by empowering scientists and doctors to harness the power of “big data.” Scientists at the CCDL contribute to the development of new analytical methods and/or the application of these methods to childhood cancer data. This postdoc will be located in the CCDL in Center City, Philadelphia but will hold a postdoctoral position at Penn, with full access to Penn biomedical postdoc programs.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team of designers, software engineers, and biological data scientists at the first informatics lab dedicated to childhood cancer. The ideal candidate will be interested in obtaining an independent investigator position focused on data-intensive pediatric cancer research within 3 years of starting the position.


1.   Candidates are expected to have an MD, PhD, or equivalent, with either

A.    A strong background in computer science, machine learning, statistics, genetics, bioinformatics, or closely related field and programming experience with attributable contributions to source code and a primary interest in applying these skills to pediatric cancers.

B.   Deep expertise in pediatric cancer with some experience in biological data science and a willingness to grow their skill set in this domain.

2.   The ideal candidate will have a track record of scientific productivity and leadership and will strive for robust and reproducible analytical workflows.


Postdoc positions in our lab start at a non-negotiable starting salary, which is currently $70,000 per year. These positions are considered Postdoctoral Trainee Appointments at Penn, which makes the postdoc eligible for an insurance plan and other benefits including a New Child Leave Policy. Additional information about Biomedical Postdoc Positions at Penn is available on the program website.


To apply, provide a CV, a short statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references through our application portal.