Postdoctoral Researcher

The university of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, TX

Job posting number: #7085690

Posted: September 20, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Dr. Kim's laboratory at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is looking for highly motivated enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers.

The lab is utilizing various interdisciplinary approaches such as biochemistry and single-molecule biophysics methodologies to understand underlying working mechanisms of DNA-binding proteins in bacterial chromosome segregation and organization. Candidates must hold a PhD or will get the degree very soon in the area of biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, or closely-related fields (broadly defined). Prior single-molecule research experience may be preferred but is not required. The lab is funded by the NIH/NIGMS R35 MIRA grant. For more about the lab, please refer to our website (

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter stating previous research experience, current research interest, and motivation through this website. Please include CV, and contact information for three references as well (Strongly preferred method).

** Featured publications
1. HyeongJun Kim*, Linda Yen*, Somsakul P. Wongpalee, Jessica A. Kirshner, Nicita Mehta, Yan Xue, Jonathan B. Johnston, Alma L. Burlingame, John K. Kim, Joseph J. Loparo, and Steve E. Jacobsen. "The gene-silencing protein MORC-1 topologically entraps DNA and forms multimeric assemblies to cause DNA compaction." Molecular Cell 75: 700-710 (2019).

2. HyeongJun Kim and Joseph J. Loparo. “Observing bacterial chromatin protein-DNA interactions by flow-stretching with single-molecule imaging” Bacterial Chromatin - Methods in Molecular Biology. Humana Press (Springer). 277-299 (2018).

3. HyeongJun Kim and Joseph J. Loparo. “Multistep assembly of DNA condensation clusters by SMC” Nature Communications 7: doi:10.1038/ncomms10200 (2016).

** About the PI
Dr. HyeongJun Kim is a single-molecule biophysicist by training. He earned his PhD in Physics (Research: Experimental single-molecule biophysics) and had a postdoctoral training in a medical school. He is an Assistant Professor at UTRGV and a participating faculty mentor in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program. (
- Lab location: Science Building. UTRGV Edinburg campus.

** About UTRGV
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas by consolidating several institutions, including the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas – Pan American. It is one of the largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the US. Despite its short history, research is one of the core values of the university, and UTRGV is already in the classification of Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity (R2) according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The PI’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will initiate its own PhD program beginning as early as Spring 2022, pending final approval. The University is rapidly expanding its program portfolio including a newly established Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB) MS program in which the PI is participating. In addition, UTRGV established its School of Medicine in 2015 to serve the underrepresented South Texas region and enhance health-related research.

** Salary
Commensurate with experience. Living in the Rio Grande Valley region (Edinburg/McAllen/Pharr/Mission) is very affordable.

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Job posting number:#7085690
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
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