Mentor: Dr. Hui-Ting Lee, Department of Chemistry
Postdoctoral position in super-resolution study of RNA expression and distribution
A postdoctoral fellow position is immediately available in Dr. Hui-Ting Lee’s laboratory within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The laboratory uses a combination of single-molecule fluorescence, super-resolution imaging, biochemistry, and physical chemistry methods to study DNA and RNA structure, and their interaction with protein. The focus of this position will be using high-resolution microscopes to investigate RNA expression and distribution. Other current research interest of the laboratory includes 1) studying how guanine-rich DNA and RNA regulate gene expression and telomere integrity, and 2) studying how RNA secondary and tertiary structure affect virus replication. A postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory is encouraged to establish an independent research project and seek external funding.
Responsibilities of the position will include design and execution of experimental procedures, the maintenance of complete laboratory records of any experiments, the preparation of manuscripts suitable for publication and presentations at internal and external venues as required. A recent Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, or other relevant areas of biomedical sciences is required. Postdoc must have experience in molecular biology or mammalian tissue culture to conduct the study. Experience in RNA biochemistry, FISH, and super-resolution microscopy will be considered a strength. The postdoc needs to be able to learn using MatLab or Python to conduct the research in the lab.
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UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.
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