Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Education and Outreach, Genomics, Molecular Biology
A three-year postdoctoral position studying the mechanisms that regulate Transposable Element behavior is available in Hancock laboratory at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The Hancock lab studies the factors that regulate the rate, integration pattern, and replication of the mPing element from rice. Current research projects focus on determining the architecture of the transposition complex, the cellular localization of the transposase proteins, and the role of chromatin structure and DNA replication mechanism on transposition. This will include yeast one and two hybrid experiments, confocal microscopy, and yeast and Arabidopsis transposition assays. Concurrently, the lab is developing this mutagenic element into a gene discovery tool for crop species including soybean and wheat.
USC Aiken has a strong record of undergraduate research and this position will include mentoring of undergraduate students and participation in a research intensive laboratory course during one semester a year. This opportunity will be excellent training for those considering a career that balances research and teaching. The successful applicant will also be responsible for some financial record keeping and preparation of research reports.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. with less than five years of postdoctoral experience. Candidates with research background in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, or cell biology are encouraged to apply. Evidence of spoken and written communication skills are required. Expertise in one or more of the following areas are favored: (1) transposon biology; (2) yeast genetics; (3) confocal microscopy; (4) genomic analysis; (5) undergraduate education.
Interested applicants should apply online at https://uscjobs.sc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=80462. Include a cover letter describing your past research experience/skills and future research interests/plans, a curriculum vita, and the contact information for three references. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. USCA is an AA/EOE.
USC Aiken is consistently ranked as the #1 Regional Comprehensive Public College in the South (U.S. News & World Report) and is also a recipient of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Best Place to Work” designation.