Specialist Series Gene Regulation & Metabolic Biology - Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology
University of California Berkeley
August 11, 2018
Open date: August 9th, 2018
Next review date:August 23rd, 2018 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: September 8th, 2018 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley, has an opening for a Specialist series position in the laboratory of Professor Anders Naar. The Naar lab is currently relocating from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cancer Research to UC Berkeley, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology. We investigate gene regulatory mechanisms involving complex circuits of transcription factors and non-coding RNAs (e.g. microRNAs). These efforts are providing detailed molecular insights that are guiding the identification of new therapeutic strategies for many types of cancers, cardio-metabolic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, coronary artery disease, as well as fungal diseases plaguing immunocompromised individuals (e.g., Yang et al. Nature 2006, Thakur et al. Nature 2008, Najafi- Shoushtari et al. Science 2010, Walker et al. Cell 2011, Rottiers et al. Science Transl Med 2013, Wagschal et al.Nature Med 2015, Nishikawa et al. Nature 2016, Wang et al., under submission to Nature, Nishikawa et al., in preparation for Cell).
The Specialist will contribute to research projects aimed at identifying novel regulatory functions of genes and microRNAs and uncover alterations in metabolic pathways using mouse metabolic disease models, as well as using in vivo models of tumorigenesis and metastasis. This research also incorporates a wide range of approaches using cutting-edge technologies such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, CRISPR-Cas9 genomic editing and both cell and mouse models. The Specialist will also interface with collaborators who are experts in diverse fields such as structural biology, animal metabolism and physiology from zebrafish to rodent models and non-human primates, as well as chemical biology and pharmacogenomics. In addition, the Specialist will assist with establishing the new lab and act as a lab manager. We are looking for a dynamic and self-motivated individual that is able to take on leadership responsibilities and contribute to fast-paced, multidisciplinary projects.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree at the time of application.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Candidates with strong experimental expertise in molecular and cell biology and/or mouse studies. Prior research experience with genetic manipulation and breeding of mice is strongly preferred. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, the ability to think critically and innovatively. A record of contributions to publications and leadership capacity is strongly preferred.
APPOINTMENT The targeted start date for this position is Fall 2018. The initial appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal based on performance and funding availability. This is a full time appointment.
Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter highlighting past research experience, research interests and career goals, a current CV, and the names and contact information of three references. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists. It is optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service, and publications.
This position will remain open until filled.
Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Anders Naar at email@example.com.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html prior to submitting their letters.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.
The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.
Curriculum Vitae - a current CV
Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter highlighting past research experience, research interests and career goals
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