Summary Description: The Laboratory of Precision Environmental Biosciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health invites highly motivated candidates to apply for 2-3 year Postdoctoral Research Scientist position. The laboratory currently investigates the molecular mechanisms and biomarkers that reflect reprogramming of health and disease trajectories in response to environmental chemical exposures. The laboratory research activities are specifically focused on epigenetics (DNA methylation, non-coding microRNAs), extracellular vesicle communications, and environmental mitochondriomics. Will work on epidemiology investigations of molecular mechanisms mediating the effects of environmental exposures on human health, emphasizing the statistical designs and analysis of data in large environmental health and/or epidemiology investigations. Candidates will be responsible for moving forward several projects within the lab, mentoring graduate students, and maintaining active collaborations with other labs and universities.The Postdoctoral Research Scietist will lead molecular projects emphasizing the development and applications of novel epigenetics tools and methods to human environmental health studies. In particular, will lead projects utilizing next generation sequencing methods to uncover genetic and epigenetic variations linked to environmental exposures. The long-term research objectives will be investigating novel biomarkers related to epigenetics, mitochondrial DNA and other mitochondrial markers, and extracellular RNA communication. Will work closely with Dr. Baccarelli and will be part of an interdisciplinary team of epigeneticists, molecular biologists, and wet lab scientists working closely with environmental health scientists and epidemiologists. The fellow will have access to the resources and infrastructure available at the Mailman School of Public Health, including the Laboratory of Precision Environmental Biosciences, the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, and to collaborations with the Department of Epidemiology, the Department of Biostatistics and the Columbia University Medical Center.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in disciplines relevant to the scope of the position as well previous work and interest in environmental health. Extensive experience with DNA and RNA handling is essential, as is experience with next generation sequencing methods, including library preparation and technical methods. Experience with real-time PCR and related assay technologies is desirable. Excellent oral communication and scientific writing are also necessary.
Preferred Qualifications: Require excellent written and oral communication skills and a willingness to work as part of a collaborative team
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