Postdoctoral position at the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA, to study premature stop codon bypass
Posted on June 26

The Mankin/Vazquez laboratory in the Center for Biomolecular Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join a project focusing on developing a new approach for identifying therapeutic peptides capable of stimulating premature stop codon bypass in yeast. The 2-year position is funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and could be potentially extended based on performance.

The research in the laboratory is focused on the basic mechanisms of protein synthesis and action of ribosome-targeting antibiotics. For more information about the laboratory and our publications, visit the https://mankin-vazquez.lab.uic.edu/html/index.cgi

The purpose of the project is to establish and test a conceptually-new strategy, emerging from our recent study [Nature Structural and Molecular Biology (2017) v.24, p. 752-757]  for stimulating bypass of premature stop codons in the CFTR gene which can eventually lead to developing new therapies for alleviating the symptoms of cystic fibrosis. The project involves generating yeast-based reporter systems and peptide gene libraries.

The candidate is expected to have strong experience with biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics especially in application to yeast models. The candidate should have excellent written and verbal English communication skills and be able to work independently in a highly stimulating environment of molecular biologists and biochemists.

The application package should contain a cover letter outlining your main contributions and research interests, CV with publication list and contact information for three referees.

The application deadline is July 31, 2020.

Please send the inquiries to Prof. Alexander Mankin [email protected] or Prof. Nora Vázquez-Laslop ([email protected]).