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A postdoctoral research associate position is available immediately for energetic individuals with a firm background in molecular biology or biochemistry and prior PhD research work on C. elegans or other animal model species. Preferences are given to candidates who have performed RNA interference (RNAi) experiments on animal model species. The annual salary will be no less than $40K and commensurate with candidate qualification. This position is expected to last three years until August 2013, subject to the continuous funding support from National Science Foundation (NSF).

The successful candidate will be given the resource and guidance to conduct research on RNAi with a focus on the transfection technologies. The candidate will devise more controllable, economical and efficient RNAi transfection procedures for animal model species, and to design and perform experiments involving RNAi transfections, microarray hybridizations and qRT-PCRs to validate the newly developed RNAi transfection procedures. The new postdoc will be a member of our NSF sponsored project team to develop optimal siRNA design software based on whole genome thermodynamic analysis. This project will use the novel RNAi transfection procedures to validate the designed siRNAs in vivo. The postdoc can take advantage of the RNAi solutions developed by the project to investigate biological questions of interest to him.

For this postdoc position, applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in related fields. Using bioinformatics in solving biological research problems will be an essential part of the project. Nevertheless, prior experience in bioinformatics is helpful but not essential - we will train the new postdoc on the job for using our computational biology techniques. To apply, please send a letter of intent stating your research interest and also a curriculum vitae documenting your past experience to Dr. Chou's email address below. Upon request from us, applicants will be asked to solicit three reference letters to be sent directly to the same email address below.

Our laboratory conducts interdisciplinary research, taking advantage of expertises from both computational and biological sciences, We are a member of the Iowa State research community and are affiliated with the Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics, the Center for Plant Genomes, the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics and the Plant Sciences Institute. We are also providing training opportunities to graduate students in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Major at Iowa State University.

Dr. Hui-Hsien Chou
Complex Computation Lab
Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Department of Computer Science
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3223


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