Positions in RNA synthetic biology

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Positions in RNA synthetic biology – Franco lab at UCLA
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, and Molecular
Biology Institute

We have several openings, with start date ASAP.
• Postdoctoral scholar position to develop conditional RNA fluorogenic sensors for mammalian cells
(1 year with possibility of renewal). This is a collaborative project supported by the Broad Stem Cell
Research Center with the groups of Kathrin Plath and Douglas Black at UCLA.
• Ph.D. / research specialist / technician position to build RNA feedback controllers to manage cellular
burden in bacteria. This is an NSF-funded project in collaboration with the lab of Francesca Ceroni at
Imperial College London.
• Ph.D. / research specialist position to design and characterize RNA molecules to build RNA assemblies and liquids in vitro.

Appointments will be in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or Bioengineering Department at

The Franco group is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Based on official guidelines from
UCLA, we are adapting our routine to maximize the safety and well-being of all team members.

Candidates must have a PhD in the life sciences,
such as biophysics, molecular biology, biochemistry, synthetic biology or related areas. Familiarity with self-assembly of nucleic acids nanostructures is a plus. Some computational/analytical
skills a huge plus.
Historically disenfranchised groups and first
generation college students are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you have questions, please email Elisa Franco ([email protected]).
If you wish to apply, please do so by July 30th, 2020, and attach:
Cover letter/personal statement, describing your interests, previous experience and research/life goals,
Curriculum Vitae with list of publications/research accomplishments,
Contact information of three references.