Faculty and Post-doc Opportunities available

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

1.    The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland (2 positions).  APPLICATIONS DUE: December 31, 2010

The Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) invites applications for two tenure track group leader positions (equivalent to assistant professorships). We are seeking outstanding individuals who will establish an ambitious research program focused on genomic stability or stem cell biology and cancer.

Genomic stability candidates should intend to carry out research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of DNA repair, replication, the replication-transcription interface, repeat instability, telomeres or centromeres.

Stem cell and cancer candidates should be interested in stem cell maintenance, niche interactions, cancer-related signaling pathways and cell fate determination, or oncogenic pathways or pathologies that perturb cell fate.

For both areas, there are ample opportunities for collaborative interactions with other research groups in the three FMI research themes of Signaling & Cancer, Epigenetics and Neurobiology. The Institute provides core facilities for experimental mouse genetics, high-end microscopy, cell sorting, genomics, protein crystallography, proteomics and bioinformatics. The start-up package is highly competitive.

The Friedrich Miescher Institute is an internationally recognized biomedical research center with 300 members, including about 180 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. It is part of the Novartis Research Foundation and is associated with the University of Basel. The institute runs a successful international PhD program (for further information see www.fmi.ch ). Situated in Basel, the FMI offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment in the center of Europe. Formal applications, including a CV, the names and contact details of three referees and a concise description of research interests and future plans should be submitted on line at:


For further information contact Susan.gasser@fmi.ch, or

Nico Thomae (nicolas.thomae@fmi.ch) for the Genomic Stability position
Brian Hemmings (brian.hemmings@fmi.ch) for the Stem Cells and Cancer position.

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious young scientist.

2.      Duke University Tenure Track Positions in Computational Biology (2 positions). APPLICATIONS DUE: October 31, 2010

Duke University is expanding its efforts in Computational Biology, and we want to draw your attention to two new faculty positions to be filled jointly between the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics and the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy.  The positions are open at all levels. Candidates are expected to have a PhD or equivalent degree in a quantitative discipline (computational or systems biology, statistics, computer science, engineering, physics or similar). We invite applications from researchers with an established track record in developing and applying computational approaches to cutting-edge problems in genomics and genetics, with a demonstrated interest in collaborative research.

Successful candidates will have their academic home in the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics and will be Investigators in the cross-campus IGSP, which is home to several established research initiatives, including systems biology, genomic medicine, and regulatory and evolutionary genomics. Secondary appointments or affiliations may be arranged in other departments or centers, as appropriate. The collaborative nature of these positions will provide successful candidates with access to exceptional resources, including substantial cluster computing infrastructure, multiple next generation sequencing platforms, a diverse set of large biomedical datasets and multidisciplinary partnerships. Candidates will be expected to participate actively in the educational programs of both B&B and IGSP, as well as teach and mentor students in the cross-departmental graduate program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

Interested applicants should submit application materials (cover letter, CV, and a statement of research accomplishments and interests) and ask three referees to submit reference letters at http://www.academicjobsonline.com. Further inquiries may be directed to Kim Hall at kim.hall@duke.edu.

Applications received by October 31, 2010 will be given full consideration.

Additional information may be obtained from our websites:
Duke University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

3.      Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine. APPLICATIONS DUE: October 15, 2010

Applications or nominations are invited for an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biochemistry. Applicants should have an established record of excellence in original research. The principal criterion for appointment in the University Tenure Line is a major commitment to research and teaching. Candidates should submit, in one complete document, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a description of their research interests, and names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to Biochemistry_Recruitment@stanford.edu.

Applications should be received by October 15, 2010. Reference letters should be sent to the above e-mail address or to:

Search Committee Chair,
Department of Biochemistry,
Stanford University School of Medicine,
279 Campus Drive Room B400,
Stanford, CA 94305-5307.

Stanford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would
bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Additional notes from the Search Committee Chair: Research in the Department of Biochemistry encompasses very diverse questions and uses a wide variety of approaches, experimental systems, and techniques. What bonds us is an interest in understanding fundamental biological questions at the level of how molecules act and interact to accomplish highly complex, intracellular and intercellular processes. We seek highly interactive candidates with an outstanding record of achievement in the areas of biochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We therefore welcome nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical missions.

4.      Post-doctoral Fellowships, Center for the Physics of Living Cells, University of Illinois. APPLICATIONS DUE: October 31, 2010

Several postdoctoral fellowship opportunities are available for the coming academic year, starting September 2011, in experimental and theoretical biophysics at the National Science Foundation’s “Center for the Physics of Living Cells” (CPLC) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Research in the CPLC falls into one of four themes:

(1) Maximizing information content of single molecule experiments;

(2) Using synthetic nanostructures for high speed single molecule spectroscopy;

(3) Observing individual events within single cells; and

(4) Extending computation to biologically relevant timescales, and theory to greater biological realism.

Fellows will use state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical biophysical tools to accomplish these goals: optical tweezers, single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, fabrication of synthetic nanostructure, high-speed, low-noise electrical measurements, live cell imaging, microscopic and coarse-grained molecular simulations, stochastic modeling, as well as the standard methods of molecular and cellular biology and genetics. Research will involve both the development and improvement of experimental and computational techniques and the application of these techniques to particular biological processes such as replication, transcription, translation, cell transport and motility. As projects are collaborative endeavors between several labs, the fellows will be jointly advised by two or more faculty members of the CPLC.  A full job description can be found at: http://www.cplc.illinois.edu/opps/postdocs.asp

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