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Ermolenko Lab

Post-Doctoral Fellows

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dmitri Ermolenko at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics & Center for RNA Biology, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester.

We use single-molecule fluorescent microscopy and biochemical methods to study how structural dynamics of the ribosome and ribosomal ligands enable protein synthesis. In addition to studying ribosomal translation in bacteria and eukaryotes, we investigate the folding and dynamics of structured mRNA molecules, including mRNAs containing riboswitches or structural elements that induce programmed ribosome frameshifting. Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. and expertise in molecular biology/biophysics with publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

Applicants with experience in RNA biochemistry and/or single-molecule FRET are encouraged to apply. Please submit a statement of research interests and experience, and a current curriculum vitae to Dr. Dmitri Ermolenko.

Graduate Students

Our lab is currently recruiting graduate students. Motivated candidates who are interested in studying mechanisms of bacterial and eukaryotic translation using ensemble and single-molecule fluorescent methods are encouraged to email Dr. Dmitri Ermolenko.

Fu Lab

Join the Fu Lab as a postdoc!

We are seeking a postdoctoral candidate with outstanding experience in bioinformatics and transcriptomics, especially ribosome profiling. Current projects are aimed at understanding the role of RNA modifications in human disorders using mammalian tissue culture and mouse models.

Successful candidates are expected to have:

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Computational Biology or related field.
  • Expertise in RNA biochemistry coupled with deep sequencing approaches such as ribosome profiling, CLIP-seq etc.
  • Strong background in transcriptomics, bioinformatics and programming
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Candidates should provide the following:

  • Cover letter with a short statement of research experience, interests and goals
  • CV with a publication list and contact information for at least two professional references.

Please submit all application materials electronically to:

The position is available immediately with a flexible start date.

Kielkopf Lab

Post-doctoral and Technical Associate Opportunities in the Kielkopf Lab at the University of Rochester: Structural Biology of Pre-mRNA Splicing in Human Disease

Positions for post-doctoral and technical associates to study the structural biology of pre-mRNA splicing in human disease are available at the University of Rochester. Projects seek to understand severe defects in pre-mRNA splicing that accompany most human hematologic malignancies and many metabolic disorders, as well as the dependence of HIV-1 and other complex retroviruses on RNA splicing for infectivity at the structural and molecular level. We use multi-pronged and innovative approaches, including X-ray crystallography, fluorescence, calorimetry, small-angle X-ray scattering, HIV-1 assays and human cell culture.

For more information on projects, please see the Kielkopf lab website or contact Dr. Kielkopf.

Interested individuals should send a C.V., including a description of past and on-going research, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Kielkopf.

Successful applicants should be well-equipped to contribute to a productive group of interactive lab members with diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Li Lab

Postdoctoral Position

A postdoctoral researcher position or staff scientist (research assistant professor) position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Xin Li, Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology, Genome to Therapeutics, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Department of Urology. Research in the Li Lab is at the interface of reproductive and RNA biology.

Full Post- Doc Description

Other Job Opportunities in the Li Lab

Lueck Lab

We are always interested in hearing from highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals interested in joining our research team.

Current Graduate Students

The Lueck Lab is currently accepting rotation students.  Students interested in setting up a rotation should contact Dr. Lueck with your CV and research interests.  

Post-doctoral Fellows

Individuals with interest in our multidisciplinary research are encouraged to send a CV and cover letter.

Undergraduate Students

Students interested in RNA biology and their use as therapeutics and skeletal muscle ion channel biophysics should contact Dr. Lueck with your CV and future research interests.  Students with backgrounds in the Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering or related fields are encouraged to apply. 

Maquat Lab

Post-doctoral Opportunities

To study molecular defects in human neurologic disorders

A Post-Doctoral Position is open in the Maquat lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Applicants should hold a PhD or MD/PhD degree(s) and have expertise in molecular, cellular or structural biology. The goal is to study post-transcriptional defects neurodevelopmental diseases, with a focus on RNA-binding proteins. A background in computational biology is a plus but not required. 

Interested individuals should submit: 
1)    a complete curriculum vitae, 
2)    the names and email addresses of three references (applicants should state their relationship to each), and 
3)    a description of research interests 

Successful applicants will join a very productive and interactive lab, and a lively and supportive RNA community that consists of more than 25 labs spanning the University of Rochester Medical Center and the adjacent College of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. The Maquat lab offers an outstanding research environment and excellent opportunities to collaborate with basic scientists and clinicians.

Please submit applications to: Liz Leverenz

Mello Lab

We're looking for motivated trainees at all levels! We are also hiring a laboratory technician. If you are interested, please contact Stephano Mello.

Trainees will be exposed to a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment and will receive a broad training in cancer research, including genomics-based approaches to study cancer and the use of animal models. Trainees are expected to develop and execute an independent research plan that lead to peer-reviewed publication. We strive to create a diverse, collegial environment, while fostering collaboration and intellectual rigour.