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Postdoctoral Research Opportunity – Cancer Epigenetics and Biology in the Lauberth Lab

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offers an impressively stimulating environment for conducting scientific research and is seeking a self-motivated and collaborative postdoctoral scientist to carry out transformative research in the laboratory of Dr. Shannon Lauberth. The laboratory is located in the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center on Northwestern’s campus in downtown Chicago, which is surrounded by renowned hospitals and the top-ranking Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center. RNA is at the forefront of the mechanistic studies in the Lauberth lab.

A primary goal of the Lauberth Lab is to identify novel noncoding RNAs and RNA binding proteins (RBPs) and characterize their functions in regulating chromatin and specific gene expression programs underlying aging and tumorigenesis. The Lauberth team has discovered various classes of noncoding RNAs and RBPs that hold promise for targeted therapies for cancer and age-related diseases that they are exploring. With the growing number of studies focused on the noncoding genome and RBPs, the next decade promises to be an exciting time for unveiling the many enigmas by which RNA through RBPs functions during normal development and disease.

The Lauberth Lab is looking for postdoc candidates who are strongly interested in epigenetics, chromatin biology, and gene regulation. They should also be interested in developing and applying cutting-edge high-throughput NGS technologies for the global profiling of noncoding RNAs, histone
modifications, transcription factor binding, and gene expression changes. Individuals will also perform state-of-the-art microscopy techniques, quantitative proteomics, biochemistry (EMSA, Co-IP, UV-RIP, CLIP), and cell-based/genetic assays functional studies (ChIP, IF, dTAG, siRNA/shRNA,
CRISPR, qRT-PCR) assays. Previous experience with bioinformatic analyses is desirable but not necessary.

The ideal applicant is expected to have recently graduated with a doctoral degree (PhD or MD/PhD) and has experience in cancer biology and cancer genetics/epigenetics and transcriptomics is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Interested applicants should send the following: (i) a cover letter containing a brief summary of their prior work, research interests, and career plans, (ii) curriculum vitae, and (iii) the names and contact information for three professional references to Shannon Lauberth, PhD at

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.