Postdoctoral Research at UCLA Studying Regulatory RNAs in Stem Cells and Cancer

Posted on September 20,

The Zamudio Laboratory is seeking postdoctoral and staff researchers to lead innovative projects in stem and cancer cell biology. We are studying new mechanisms of gene regulation by regulatory RNAs using multidisciplinary approaches. We fit the mechanisms we discover into gene regulatory programs that cause or influence human diseases, such as cancer. Laboratory research will involve a variety of cutting-edge approaches in RNA, genomics, stem cell and cancer biology. These approaches will provide an ‪excellent research training opportunity in molecular biology, genomics, and translational science.

A successful candidate(s) will have the following qualifications:

• PhD with a strong background in molecular, cell or computational biology
• Ability to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Desire to conduct cutting-edge genomic and molecular genetic research
• Experience in small animal models or computational modeling is distinguishable, but not required

This postdoctoral appointment will be under the mentorship of Professor Jesse Zamudio, Ph.D., in the Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology within the College of Letters and Sciences. Focus areas of study will include but are not limited to: Nuclear RNAi activity, RNA splicing, oncogenic stress, DNA damage response and the role of immune cells in cancer progression. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team. The candidate will participate in long-standing Cancer, Gene Regulation, and RNA communities at UCLA. In addition to carrying out research, there will be ample opportunities for presenting research findings at conferences, mentoring students, and career development.

ABOUT UCLA, MCDB, STEM CELL AND CANCER CENTER

Our laboratory is affiliated with the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Cell Research Center, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute.

The University of California Los Angeles is ranked #1 in public research universities offering undergraduate, graduate and profession students a vibrant atmosphere for a multitude of research opportunities.

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www.biomedpostdoc.ucla.edu

The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology advances our knowledge of life on earth at the cellular and molecular levels.  Our mission is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals, and citizens of the world by fully integrating our students into cutting-edge research activities, including hands-on participation in the process of scientific discovery. Our faculty conducts research with a variety of models including Arabidopsis, Drosophila, zebrafish, mouse and stem cells to address the most pressing problems in biology, health and sustainability.

www.mcdb.ucla.edu

The UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center is on the cusp of transforming patient care through the development of personalized stem cell-based therapies for a wide range of diseases. Our commitment to innovation and cross disciplinary collaboration continually reshapes and expands the culture of scientific exploration at UCLA and positions us as a leader in the field.

www.stemcell.ucla.edu

The Epigenomics, RNA & Gene Regulation (ERGR) research program promotes UCLA’s critical mass of outstanding gene regulation researchers to apply their expertise to the cancer problem. It is expected that ERGR insights into the basic molecular and cellular biology of cancer to reveal cancer vulnerabilities can be targeted as novel strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 

www.cancer.ucla.edu/research/research-programs/gene-regulation

START DATE

Start date is flexible. The position is fully funded for two years, and may be extended depending on satisfactory progress and the availability of funding.

We especially encourage women and those from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM fields to apply to be part of your team.

Salary will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

For more information about the Zamudio Laboratory, please visit www.zamudiolab.com.

SUMMARY:

QUALIFICATIONS

• PhD with a strong background in molecular, cell or computational biology
• Ability to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Desire to conduct cutting-edge genomic and molecular genetic research
• Experience in small animal models or computational modeling is distinguishable, but not required

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

• Cover letter stating research interests and indicating how past research experience, interests, and goals connect to the activities of the Zamudio laboratory
• Current curriculum vitae
• Reprints of peer-reviewed publications in which the applicant is a co-author
• Statement of past, present and/or future impact in Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
• >2 letters of recommendation and contact information

Interested candidates can apply directly to [email protected].

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.