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Postdoctoral Fellow – RNA and Cancer Biology

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Starting Salary at NIH PayScale - $61,008.00
Closing date
Jun 22, 2024

Job Details

An immediate postdoctoral job is available at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The position focuses on studying RNA and its role in cancer biology. The project is around conducting research on RNA/cancer biology, specifically examining the role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in tumor growth. This research involves modeling the structure and function of RNA-related proteins and RNA molecules. The laboratory employs a combination of animal models, pathological and immunological analyses, and advanced technologies such as targeted gene expression studies and global gene expression profiling (including bulk RNAseq, single-cell RNA-seq, and spatial "OMICS" of transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) to identify the underlying mechanisms and potential treatment targets for oral cancer. The candidates are expected to possess biochemistry, molecular biology, and mouse genetics expertise, and will be involved in one of our captivating research projects. In addition, individuals need to possess robust interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate in a team setting. Further details: 


Job Duties

  • Works with the PI for hypothesis development and experimental design. Performs bench work using various molecular biology techniques and taking the primary responsibility for one of the major research projects in the lab. Collaborates with the department's other group members and lab members for various research projects. Participates in data processing, discussion, analysis and reporting, manuscript preparation, and conference presentations. Helps the PI and team in managing the lab. Mentors junior lab members. Applies Postdoc fellowships.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MD or Ph.D. in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field. No experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior training in molecular biology, mouse genetics, and disease models. Significantly, the expertise in studying mRNA expression, subcellular fragmentation, and protein-protein, protein-RNA, and protein-DNA interactions are preferred. Prior first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. A fresh Ph.D degree or less than three years of experience in postdoctoral training. Highly motivated to pursue an independent career in translational biomedical research. Excellent communication, time management, and teamwork skills.

Application Process:  To express your interest, email your updated resume, your cover letter outlining your research interests, and contact information of at least (3) references to Dr. Visu Palanisamy at  Use “Postdoctoral Application” as your subject line.

University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



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