Post-doctoral fellow (x2): Cell/Developmental Biology & Genomics/Epigenomics

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri
Salary will be on the NIH pay scale + benefits
April 22 2019
UMKC Job ID: 29884 and 29645
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Post-doctoral fellow (x2): Cell/Developmental Biology & Genomics/Epigenomics

TWO postdoctoral researcher/research scientists openings are available in the laboratory of Prof Timothy Cox in the Department of Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

The laboratory conducts both basic and translational research aimed at understanding mechanisms coordinating normal craniofacial development and those influencing an individual’s susceptibility to common craniofacial birth defects such as cleft lip/palate and craniofacial microsomia. We are particularly focused on the dynamic control of cell adhesion in the embryonic oral epithelium and the role different genes and non-genetic factors (such as maternal diet and stressors) play in modulating early facial growth, fusion and therefore ultimately the clinical presentation. Our research incorporates the gamut of molecular, cellular and genetic techniques and has particular expertise in 3D imaging (microCT and Optical Projection Tomography [OPT]) for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of embryonic and postnatal craniofacial development. We use both mouse and chick as our models, although the mouse is our main model for studying both developmental gene function and gene x maternal diet interactions. In addition, there are always opportunities for patient-focused genetic investigations through various ongoing collaborative ventures with members of the international cleft/craniofacial community. The successful applicants will support current NIH-funded and non-NIH projects while having flexibility to pursue other research goals that fall within the lab’s area of focus. Collaborative opportunities may also enable the successful candidate(s) to work closely with research teams at the neighboring Stowers Institute for Medical Research or Children's Mercy Hospital, or with national and international colleagues as dictated by the projects.

Job ID 29884 requirements: The minimum requirement is a doctoral degree in the life sciences. Experience in more than one of the following areas is highly desirable: molecular biology, epithelial cell biology, cell signaling, and/or developmental biology. Experience in advanced microscopy and/or bioinformatics will also be considered favorably although is not essential. 

Job ID 29645 requirements: Minimum requirements for the position include a doctoral degree in either the life sciences or in computer sciences (with some biology training). Prior experience in genomics, epigenomics and/or bioinformatics is highly desirable. 

In addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills, the successful candidates will be highly motivated, able to work independently and creatively yet function as team player, be proficient at problem solving, be open-minded, willing to listen and to question, and have a deep curiosity for science. 

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a current CV, and (3) contact information for a minimum of two referees. Applications must be submitted through the UMKC website: Select “View Jobs” then search using the Job ID numbers: 29645 & 29884. For further information, please contact Prof Cox (