One Postdoc Position Available, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas

UTHEALTH University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7055781

Posted: February 7, 2019

Application Deadline: April 7, 2019

Job Description

One fully supported postdoc position is immediately available in the lab of Dr. Wenbo Li in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas.

Research Summary: Our lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene regulation and 3D chromatin organization in mammalian cells. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc with an enthusiasm to uncover fundamental biology mechanisms. Good communication skills and broad knowledge of molecular biology, gene transcriptional regulation, epigenetics, RNA biology, or cancer biology are required. Interested candidates are encouraged to read our recent publication.
Nature. 2013;498(7455):516-20; Mol Cell. 2015;59(2):188-202; Nature reviews. Genetics. 2016; 17(4):207-23), as well as other relevant papers authored by Dr. Li, including: Nature. 2011; 474(7351):390-4; Trends in biochemical sciences. 2014; 39(4):170-82; Nature. 2014; 514(7521):257-61; Cell. 2014; 159(2):358-73; Cell. 2015; 160(3):367-80; a complete list can be found in PubMed:; or Google Scholar page:;

Our lab is located in the center of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the world’s largest Medical Center. We have extensive collaboration with leaders in the field, and will provide ample opportunities for the candidates to develop their research careers. Competitive salary and benefits are provided. Initial appointment will be supported for 2 years. Extension will be considered based on performance.

About you:
We would be very pleased to learn about you if you: 1) are highly self-motivated; 2) have a recent PhD, or MD/PhD degree, with first-author publications, 3) have extensive experiences in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics or cell biology in mammalian cell lines, primary cells or animal models; 4) have a background in one of two specific areas: a) epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation (e.g. histone modifying enzymes, chromatin remodelers and other epigenetic regulators); b) RNA biology.

Li lab utilizes biochemical methods and extensive omics approaches (e.g. ChIP-seq, GRO-seq, HiC, CLIP-seq, and single cell RNA-seq etc), as well as genome editing tools such as Crispr/Cas9 and Cas13b. Candidates with experiences on one or several of these methods are strongly preferred. Experience with bioinformatics analyses of the associated datasets is a plus.

To apply: Contact Dr. Li at, with an email title of “Postdoc _your name_degree granting institution and year”. For example: “Postdoc_ Jason Smith_UTHealth_2018”. Please be prepared to provide 1) your updated cv, 2) a brief description of your short term and long term goals, scientific background and interests (in 2 pages); and 3) the contact information of three Referees.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is an EEO/AA Employer. M/F/D/V. This is a security sensitive position and thereby subject to Education Code §51.215. A background check will be required for the final candidate.

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