Multiple Postdoctoral Positions are Available in the Kalsotra Laboratory
Posted on September 21

Effective immediately, multiple postdoctoral positions are available in the Kalsotra Laboratory, located in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are also members of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Cancer Center @ Illinois.

We are a multidisciplinary team seeking to understand (i) how post-transcriptional gene regulatory mechanisms integrate with transcriptional and translational programs to ensure proper development, regeneration, and function of mammalian tissues [Nature Commun. (2015), eLIFE (2017), Nature Reviews Mol. Cell Biol. (2017) Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. (2018)],(ii) why misregulation of such mechanisms result in disease [Cell Rep. (2014), Dev. Cell (2020), J. Clin. Invest. (2020)], and (iii) whether these mechanisms can be leveraged to prevent or reverse particular human diseases [Dev. Dyn (2015), PNAS (2019)]. We employ large-scale biochemical and genomics approaches along with cell- and tissue-specific gene targeting in mice to study the physiological function and regulation of mRNA splicing, polyadenylation, and translation processes. We are also deploying single-cell and long-read native RNA sequencing methods to identify key RNA binding proteins and their target genes within regenerating and diseased tissues.

Independent, creative, and highly motivated individuals with strong interpersonal skills, experience in experimental and computational approaches, and a keen interest in RNA biology are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have published in high quality peer-reviewed journals, have a command of written and spoken English, and have a Ph.D. or have successfully defended their thesis before starting the position. Previous experience with transcriptome-wide techniques and bioinformatics are a big plus.

These positions come with a generous salary and full benefits. The successful candidates will join an inclusive, fast-paced, and interactive group of students and post-docs with opportunities to work alongside colleagues in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Chemistry, Engineering and Comparative Biosciences, as part of ongoing collaborations aimed at understanding the biology of RNA at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. We have a strong commitment to diversity and mentoring. Participation in research conferences as well as career development and grant writing workshops is encouraged throughout the post-doc period, as part of training for a scientific career. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Kalsotra ([email protected]) with a cover letter and CV.

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