Postdoctoral Associate Position in the RNA Regulatory Processes that govern Viral Host-Pathogen Interactions

Posted on May 3,

About Us:
The Ascano Laboratory at the Department of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, is actively seeking a highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our dynamic team. Our research program is centered on unraveling the intricate molecular mechanisms that govern the interactions between host cells and pathogens, with a particular focus on RNA regulatory processes during viral infections. More information about us can be found at:

Research Focus:
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in two key areas:

1. Roles and Coordination of RNA-Binding Proteins:

  • Investigate the functions of RNA-binding proteins in regulating gene expression during innate immune activation and viral infection.
  • Explore how different RNA viruses associate with cellular RNA-binding proteins to exploit host RNA metabolic pathways.

2. Virus Assembly and Extracellular Vesicle (EV) Assembly:

  • Explore the relationship between virus and extracellular vesicle (EV) assembly, with a focus on RNA metabolic processes.
  • Investigate how RNA regulatory pathways influence the assembly, release, and uptake of both viruses and EVs.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a Ph.D. degree and a strong background in RNA biology and/or innate immunity, with preference given to those with computational experience. Our laboratory comprises an interdisciplinary group interested in examining RNA post-transcriptional mechanisms in innate immunity and host-viral pathogen interactions. We utilize biochemical, virological, immunological, and molecular and cell biological tools with high-throughput transcriptomic and proteomic technologies to answer fundamental questions on how gene expression is regulated at the RNA level during periods of innate immune activation and viral infection. We have funding available to support this postdoctoral position.


  • Highly competitive salary with benefits.
  • Lab and institution-level training resources for professional growth and development
  • Access to new state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
  • Highly collaborative and intellectually stimulating research environment. 

Application Process:
Interested candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter detailing research interests and accomplishments, and contact information for three references to [email protected]. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer. 

The Ascano Laboratory is affiliated with the Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University. We are also members of the Center for Immunobiology, Center for Extracellular Vesicle Research, Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation, and Institute for Chemical Biology. 

About Nashville:
Embark on your postdoctoral journey in Nashville, a vibrant city renowned for its thriving music scene, diverse cultural offerings, and dynamic scientific community. As emerging scientists in the early stages of their careers, you'll find Nashville to be a hub of innovation and creativity. Beyond the lab, immerse yourself in the city's progressive atmosphere, where Nashville's unique character complements its rich cultural tapestry. Explore a city that allows you to conduct groundbreaking research with a young and progressive community, making your postdoctoral experience truly exceptional.