NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow position immediately available in the laboratory of Joshua Meeks and Ali Shilatifard in the Department of Urology (for a PhD, or MD/PhD candidates) to study the basic and translational mechanisms of bladder growth, response to injury, infection, malignancy. The candidate must be well versed in molecular biology, epigenetics and cancer genetics. Projects include investigation of genetic consequences of mutations in histone modifying genes in both human and mouse model systems. The candidate will work both with Dr. Meeks (urology) and Dr. Shilatifard (biochemistry and molecular biology) using molecular techniques to identify novel epigenetic and biochemistry based systems applied to the genitourinary system.. We use multiple model systems including mouse and human with access to the Cancer Genome Atlas. Our primary interest is studying histone modification in health and disease. We use cutting-edge next generation sequencing, chromatin-based and biochemical assays. The candidate would ideally have experience in cell culture, with willingness to work with human and mouse cells and tissues. Prior epigenetic experience is not necessary but would be helpful. The goal of the position is to work closely between two labs (Meeks and Shilatifard) with outstanding basic and clinical resources to address unparalleled questions in medicine, translational research and chromatin biology.
To conduct laboratory experiments including mutation analysis and epigenetic studies as well as others to study benign and malignant processes of the bladder
To help write grants and compete for funding
To supervise students and other techs working in the genetics lab
To help write and contribute to publications resulting from research done in the lab
PhD training in genetics or molecular biology
Competent in PCR, mutational analysis, and DNA sequencing
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Must have good computer skills, including knowledge of how to use excel
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
PhD training in genetics, cancer biology, or molecular biology
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experienced in PCR, gene mutational analysis, and DNA sequencing
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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