Postdoctoral Position in SARS-CoV-2 RNA Biology

Posted on November 15,

Postdoctoral Research Associate position in SARS-CoV-2 RNA Biology is available immediately in the laboratory of Professor Eriks Rozners at Binghamton University to work on a project "Targeting SARS-CoV-2 RNA Pseudoknots Using Triplex-Forming Peptide Nucleic Acids" supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The initial appointment is for one year and will be renewable for another year.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will assume a leading role in a collaborative study on how RNA conformational switches regulate coronavirus biology. Specifically, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for molecular biology and reverse genetics experiments to construct and study SARS-CoV-2 replicons containing fluorescent reporters for transcription, translation, and frameshifting of viral RNA. Furthermore, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will collaborate with a team of organic chemists and biochemists, to study how Peptide Nucleic Acids modulate conformation and biological activity of SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

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The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology or related field and a strong background in basic molecular biology and molecular genetics techniques.  Experience with nucleic acid and cell culture handling techniques is required. The study will not involve live viruses; hence, previous experience in virology (while a potential strength) is not required. Previous experience with bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) will be a strong advantage. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. For more information and directions on how to apply, please contact Professor Eriks Rozners at [email protected]