A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the lab of Dr. Kelsey Martin at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. We are seeking self-motivated, creative and collaborative team member(s) with a recent PhD in neuroscience, genomics, RNA biology, or cell biology.
The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program for the systematic study of molecular changes at the transcriptional or translational level during long-term plasticity, using neuronal cell cultures and tissues as model systems. The Martin lab currently focuses on the mechanisms of synapto-nuclear signaling (Ch’ng et al., Cell, 150(1):227; Ch’ng et al., Front Mol Neurosci, 8:48; Herbst and Martin, Curr Opin Neurobiol.,45:78), and the regulation of transcriptional and post-transcriptional programs during synaptic plasticity (Kim and Martin, Elife, 4:e04158; Lee et al., Neuron, 89(1):113; Chen et al., Front Mol Neurosc, 10:39; Fontes et al., Sci Rep, 7(1):17377). We understand that an individual candidate may not possess all of the methods listed below, but we are looking for new team members skilled in the techniques of genomics, RNA biology or cell biology.
We are a highly collaborative team of project scientists, graduate students and technologists within the Department of Biological Chemistry. The department and the wider neurosciences community at UCLA provides a highly interactive and stimulating environment for young scientists and a great infrastructure of expertise and core services.
Essential job duties and responsibilities
Conceive of and work independently on research projects under the supervision of the principal investigator and project scientists
design, conduct and troubleshoot experiments
collect, analyze and prepare data for publication and grant proposals
present data at national and international meetings
collaborate with other lab members and mentor undergraduates
Preferred Skills and Experience
outstanding record of primary author publications from prior training
record of grants or fellowships awarded during graduate studies
excellent communication and interpersonal skills
molecular and cellular biology techniques including immunostaining, microscopy, immunoprecipitation, molecular cloning, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, transfection, RNA extraction, in situ hybridization, and lentivirus production
experience working with rodent models, cell culture, and primary neuronal cultures
experience preparing samples for and bioinformatic analysis of data from sequencing technologies such as RNA-seq, scRNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, Hi-C/3C-Seq/Capture-C and iCLIP-seq
knowledge in statistical analysis
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About David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Biological Chemistry
The Department of Biological Chemistry is a basic science department in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Our research addresses the molecular mechanisms underlying fundamental processes in biology and disease. We apply genetic, biochemical, cell biological, computational and biophysical approaches to study stem cell biology, development, gene regulation, cell signaling, cancer biology, neurobiology, genetic variation and disease. Our ethos reflects and fosters a passion for discovery and curiosity and a commitment to excellence.