Postdoctoral Position at the National Institutes of Health: Noncoding RNA Functions and RNA Surveillance

Posted on April 8,

A fully funded postdoctoral position is available in Sandra Wolin’s laboratory at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Frederick, Maryland. Our laboratory investigates the functions of noncoding RNAs called Y RNAs in human cells, mice, and bacteria. We also study the quality control pathways that recognize defective and harmful noncoding RNAs and the mechanisms by which defects in these pathways contribute to disease. Our approach is multidisciplinary, as we combine molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and structural biology to discover novel functions for noncoding RNAs and to identify novel RNA surveillance pathways. For more information, please see

Our group is part of the RNA Biology Laboratory in the Center for Cancer Research. We are part of the NCI RNA Biology Initiative, which includes more than 50 laboratories at the Frederick and Bethesda campuses of the NCI. We have access to numerous outstanding core facilities covering a wide range of technologies. The environment is highly collaborative and collegial, with the ability to interact with a wide range of scientists and clinicians. The position is ideal for motivated candidates who are seeking broad and impactful training in RNA biology.

The NCI and the NIH provide many training opportunities for postdocs to develop additional skills, such as bioinformatic analyses. The position comes with a competitive salary and comprehensive health insurance as well as other benefits.


Candidates must have a Ph.D., less than five years of postdoctoral experience and possess strong verbal and written communication skills. Candidates should also have significant training in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or structural biology, as evidenced by publications. Applications from international students and U.S. citizens are equally welcome. The start date is flexible.

To Apply:

Please send an email to Sandra Wolin ([email protected]) that includes:

  • cover letter that discusses your research background and what aspect(s) of our research you would be interested in pursuing
  • your CV
  • Names and contact information for three references

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