Postdoctoral Fellow, RNA Molecular Biology, Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist Research Institute


Performs advanced research duties under the supervision/direction of a Principal Investigator.

This position is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (open rank) to work in an RNA molecular biology lab working on questions related to the molecular biology of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Prior RNA molecular biology experience is strongly preferred, with previous experience in ribosome profiling, qPCR, translational control, making stable clonal cell lines, and a detailed knowledge of translational control, RNA biochemistry or RNA processing (specifically alternative splicing and/or polyadenylation) steps all being particularly helpful.  This position will not involve work with animals, but may include the handling and processing of de-identified human samples from a tissue bank.

Candidates will have the opportunity to do both basic science and translational research as they work in a fast-paced and collaborative research environment in the heart of the Texas Medical Center at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.  They will learn and apply cutting edge methodologies to study how cytoplasmic capping and the FHIT tumor suppressor modulate the epitranscriptome and affect protein expression in cardiovascular disease and cancer in the lab of Dr. Daniel Kiss.  The Kiss lab is also associated with Houston Methodist Research Institute’s RNA Therapeutics Program which seeks to develop new RNA-based therapies for cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Excellent organization, communication and critical thinking skills, the ability to work both independently and in a team-based environment, plus self-motivation are prerequisites. Postdocs belonging to underrepresented groups, those with non-traditional career tracks, and those interested in eventually transitioning to industry positions are strongly encouraged to apply.  Postdocs with bioinformatics backgrounds looking to learn wet lab techniques are also encouraged to apply.  Your training will be tailored to you with an individual development plan (IDP) which will focus on aspects of research relevant to your long-term career goals (including those away from the bench).

If interested, please attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a PDF of a recent publication, and a list of three references with your application. In your letter of interest, please describe your research background, how your previous research qualifies you for this opening, your contribution to your publication(s) and your future interests and career goals.


Start date: After June 1st, 2019

Duration : open, 2 year minimum commitment desired