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Postdoctoral Associate

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Postdoctoral Associate

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Primary Work Address: 6001 Forest Park Road, Dallas, TX, 75390-9050

We are currently looking for a Postdoctoral Associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Ben Tu at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. The Tu lab is investigating how fundamental cellular processes are coordinated with metabolism and the metabolic state of the cell. Working in both yeast and mice, they are exploring novel and unexpected links between small molecule metabolites, signaling pathways, and disease. This work has implications for understanding cancer, obesity, aging, and neurodegenerative conditions.

The chosen candidate will work on research projects in the exciting field of epigenetics and metabolism, nutrient-sensing pathways and their links to disease, the discovery of natural products with new modes of action against fungi, or other areas depending on interest. This is an excellent opportunity for a passionate, focused scientist who would like to actively contribute to answering important questions and be mentored while working alongside other postdocs, grad students, and researchers in a medium-sized, collaborative laboratory. The chosen candidate will also have access to UT Southwester's postdoc training program and be part of a thriving research community. Candidates in their final year of PhD studies who expect to defend in the 2022-23 academic year are welcome to apply.

  • A Ph.D. in cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology or a related field is required.

Experience independently managing a research project in an academic laboratory. Experience with mammalian cell lines is preferred. Any computational experience would be a plus.

About the Lab:

We are a medium-sized group (~8-12) located in the Department of Biochemistry at UT Southwestern. The group is enthusiastic about science, highly interactive, caring, and collaborative. The modest size of the lab allows for many individual conversations with the PI and fellow colleagues. We love surprises and the unexpected in our research. Past trainees have secured independent faculty positions or biotech jobs all over the world. For more information about the Tu lab, please visit:

About UT Southwestern:

UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. As an equal opportunity employer, UT Southwestern prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or veteran status. To learn more, please visit:

Application Instructions
Please include the following items as part of your application (preferably as one PDF):
  • Your curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • A list of three professional references with up-to-date contact information
Physical Requirements
Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Please Note:
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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