The University of Iowa’s Department of Psychiatry has a well-established and well-regarded expertise in the genetics and epigenetics of psychiatric and behavioral phenotypes. The University also has an Institute of Human Genetics and a new Neuroscience Institute, both of which contain investigators interested in increasing the understanding the biological basis of these disorders. The primary goal of our laboratory is to identify genetic and epigenetic risk factors for suicidal behavior. Towards this end, we have been employing systematic genetic and epigenetic approaches including genome-wide association studies, whole-exome sequencing studies, RNA-Seq studies, and genome-wide methylation studies, with the goal of identifying genomic regions, genes, and biological pathways influencing suicide risk. Our ongoing research has implicated a region on chromosome 2 (2p25) in the risk for suicidal behavior, and we are utilizing complementary genetic approaches, such as CRISPR-Cas9 based deletion mapping and rare variant assessment, to characterize the region and identify the functional elements conferring increased risk.
We are now looking to recruit a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in psychiatric phenotypes, in particular suicidal behavior, and experience in molecular genetics and/or molecular neuroscience. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to work independently. He/she will also have strong molecular biology, analytic, and oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, RNA-Seq, next-generation sequencing, and/or microRNA target identification and expression.
Requirements: A PhD in molecular genetics, molecular neuroscience, or a related field is required. A strong publication record in molecular genetics and/or molecular neuroscience is also required.
Contact: Interested candidates should send via e-mail a letter describing past research experience and career goals, a CV, and contact information for three references to:
Virginia Willour, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
University of Iowa
Carver College of Medicine
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.