The Mugridge lab (mugridgelab.org) in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Delaware is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join our team. We are a new lab focused on a mechanistic understanding of enzymes that control RNA function and impact human disease. In particular, we are interested in understanding how diverse chemical modifications on RNA, which affect RNA structure, processing, translation, and stability, regulate gene expression. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated postdoc to engage in a project developing new tools to study RNA modification biology and RNA-modifying enzymes.
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, synthetic biology, or a related field, and have experience with protein engineering, in vitro aptamer selection, or chemical biology approaches. Candidates with experience in structural biology or molecular biology with interests in protein-nucleic acid interactions and/or RNA modification biology are also encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have a strong scientific record, excellent communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of team, and willingness to help mentor junior scientists. This is an exciting opportunity to develop new tools to study RNA biology, apply these tools to study RNA function and/or RNA-modifying enzymes, and contribute to growing and steering the scientific directions of a new lab.
Applications should consist one page cover letter and a CV including publication record, brief descriptions of previous research accomplishments and techniques, and the names and contact information for three references.