The Jackson Laboratory is a world leader in mammalian genetics. JAX is passionate about its mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for disease and empowering the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.
The Ke Lab is seeking a postdoctoral associate at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. The Ke Lab focuses on RNA, a central node of genetic information flow from DNA to protein (https://www.jax.org/research-and-faculty/faculty/shengdong-ke). Malfunction of RNAs leads to many human diseases, including neurological diseases and cancer. To thoroughly address fundamental molecular mechanism of RNA, the Ke lab utilizes multidisciplinary approaches, including cutting-edge computational biology, biochemistry, innovative bio-technologies, genetics and molecular biology. We are especially interested in m6A RNA biology: 1) the fundamental mechanism of m6A RNA biology, and 2) the biological effects of m6A regulation in nerve system, using mouse and human iPS models. (References: 1] Ke, S. et al. m6A mRNA modifications are deposited in nascent pre-mRNA and are not required for splicing but do specify cytoplasmic turnover, Genes & Development 2017, 31: 990-1006; 2] Ke, S. et al. A majority of m6A residues are in the last exons, allowing the potential for 3' UTR regulation, Genes & Development 2015, 29:2037-53.)
The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop an independent research program using a broad array of resources and expertise available to the lab (https://www.jax.org/research-and-faculty/tools/scientific-research-services). Exceptional postdoctoral candidates will have the opportunity to apply for the title of JAX Postdoctoral Scholar, an internal award addressing the national need for research scientists who are accomplished in the broadly defined fields of genetics and genomics. The award includes an independent research budget, travel funds, and a salary above standard postdoctoral scale.
Qualified candidates will be self-motivated and career oriented individuals, have a genuine interest in addressing complex biological questions, and have a Ph.D. or MD. degree with background in one of the following areas, including computational biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, neurosciences, immunology, stem cell, or cancer biology. Skills in quantitative programming or biochemistry are preferred but not required.
To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter describing past research accomplishments, research interests, and career goals, (2) a current CV, and (3) the contact information of three references.
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.
The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.
JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!
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What do we have to offer?
JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, an onsite full service cafeteria, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.
Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.
Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, pre-employment physical, and an appropriate non-compete agreement.
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Learn more about career opportunities at JAX: http://www.jax.org/careers.