Faculty Fellow in RNA Biology or RNA Chemistry, Depart of Cardiovascular Sciences, Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI)

The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) welcomes applications for Faculty Fellow in RNA biology or RNA chemistry within the Center for Cardiovascular Regeneration.  The Faculty Fellow is a mentored transitional position between the postdoctoral years and a faculty position.   The position offers increased compensation compared to traditional postdoc stipends, and includes a research budget to implement your independent research project.  Candidates are typically outstanding postdoctoral fellows in their second or third year of training. Optimal candidates will have a track record of innovative research in RNA biology or chemistry; are capable of attracting external funding, e.g. from NIH; are highly collaborative; and are excited about innovation, invention, translation and making transformative contributions to human health.  Candidates will be considered for promotion in 2 -3 years to an independent faculty scientist position after demonstrating the ability to establish a robust program in RNA sciences and collaborate with the RNACore team to translate their research innovations into RNA therapeutics in regenerative medicine .  In addition, candidates are expected to show promise in establishing a vigorous externally funded research program and contribute to the intellectual vitality of the HMRI scientific community. Formal teaching is not required, although there will be opportunities for those who wish to do so.   Faculty will also have the opportunity to affiliate with the Cornell University Weill Cornell Medical College and/or Texas A&M University, and to work with students from these universities.

We are a highly translational scientific Center, with faculty that are making fundamental insights and translating these toward transformative RNA therapeutics.  Our RNACore is funded by NIH and CPRIT for performing pre-clinical studies in RNA therapeutics; for generating innovative research grade constructs for the scientific community; and for producing RNA Therapeutics in our cGMP manufacturing facility for clinical trials.  Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute is located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, which is the largest medical center in the world. The institute is surrounded by an unparalleled biomedical research environment, which consists of the Houston Methodist Hospital, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and more than 50 additional top institutes and hospitals. Texas is the #1 state to make a living, as recently ranked by Forbes. Houston is the largest city in Texas and the 4th largest in US, with an attractive living cost and a vibrant culture. It was recently named the most prosperous US city by The Business Journal. Salary and benefits can be highly competitive and commensurate with experience. Houston Methodist Hospital is frequently ranked by the FORTUNE Magazine in the list of the best employers in USA.

To apply for the position, submit an application and send your CV, cover letter, plus a one page description of your proposed independent research project, and contact information for 3 references, to the Medical Director of the RNA Therapeutics Program, John P. Cooke MD PhD at jpcooke@nullhoustonmethodist.org.