Postdoctoral Fellow Positions – Montpetit Laboratory – University of California, Davis

Posted on July 6,

Two funded postdoctoral fellow (PDF) positions are available to lead research on gene expression regulation at the University of California, Davis within the laboratory of Dr. Ben Montpetit. The NIH and NSF funded research in the Montpetit group (https://montpetitlab.ucdavis.edu) examines nuclear RNA processing and RNA export through nuclear pore complexes primarily using Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Current work in the group is focused on investigating mRNA-protein complex assembly, structure, and nuclear transport in the context of gene expression regulation and cellular responses to stress.

The Montpetit Lab is a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive lab. There are a wide array of questions regarding RNA biology and gene expression regulation available for investigation, which can be tailored to fit the PDF’s research interests and skills. Candidates with an interest in RNA biology, biochemistry, single molecule imaging, yeast genetics, and computational biology are encouraged to apply.  Researchers who complement and extend our existing expertise are sought, no previous experience working in the areas of RNA or yeast biology is required for consideration.

General responsibilities:

  • Plan, conduct, and troubleshoot experiments.
  • Accurately document experiments and results, and keep a detailed laboratory notebook
  • Perform data analysis, prepare manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals, and present research data at National and International scientific conferences
  • Participate in preparation of grant applications and manuscript peer-review
  • Participate in scientific collaborations within and outside the institution
  • Adopt novel technologies and protocols to their research
  • Work with a team of staff, students, and other researchers
    • Mentor graduate and undergraduate trainees

Training and Career Development: PDFs will have the opportunity to pursue training within and outside the university to prepare for their career of choice (e.g., academia, industry, or government). The training focus, developed with guidance from Dr. Montpetit, will include planning, conducting, communicating, and leading scientific research, including mentoring.

Requirements: A Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or a related field is required. It is expected an applicant will have knowledge of complex scientific procedures and techniques with experience and publications in one of the following areas: biochemistry; cell biology; computational biology; genetics; molecular biology; RNA biology; yeast biology.

To apply: Please send a CV and a statement of interest to Ben Montpetit ([email protected]). Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Positions are available as early as September 2022, but the start date is flexible. 

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