Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Texas-Austin | Academic | Austin, Texas | More →

We are currently looking to fill a postdoctoral position available in Dr. Lydia Contreras’ lab at the
University of Texas at Austin, a top research university in the US. Dr. Contreras is an Associate
Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of the Biophysics Department
and the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology (Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Microbiology). The
ideal candidate is highly driven and holds strong interest in using cutting-edge technologies to study
RNA biochemistry toward the identification and characterization of regulatory systems, RNA-protein
interactions, and functional epitranscriptomics. The lab makes great strides to maintain a vibrant,
productive, and driven team with a supportive culture conducive for scientific and personal growth.
Projects in the Contreras lab are interdisciplinary and the candidate will be expected to contribute to
this highly collaborative and nurturing learning environment.

Detailed Description:
Research projects may involve, but are not limited to emerging research areas related to:
1. Epitranscriptomics: Molecular characterization of RNA biochemistry and interactions upon
exposure to various environmental conditions. Develop and conduct techniques for mapping
the epitranscriptome (ICE-seq, CMC-seq, ME-seq, etc). Opportunities for further education
and training on state-of-the-art technologies including RNA-sequencing, proteomics, in vivo
footprinting, bioinformatics, machine learning.
2. RNA regulatory networks: Discovery and characterization of post-transcriptional regulatory
interactions. Projects will involve strong components in molecular biology, microbiology, cell
biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics, hands-on experience in Next Generation
Sequencing approaches, and could involve elements of structural biology and toxicology.

Candidate Profile:
Ideal candidates have recently completed their Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biomolecular
Engineering or related fields. Candidates with prior research experience in RNA biology and/or
protein biochemistry are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to
work with researchers all over the world and obtain valuable experience for future academic
and/or industrial positions. Interested applicants should send the following materials in an
application packet, preferably as a single PDF file, by email to Dr. Lydia Contreras
([email protected]):
1. Cover letter indicating current and future research interests
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Brief summary of previous research experience (2-3 pages)
4. Names and contact information for 3 references
5. Desired starting date

Details of Dr. Contreras’s laboratory, on-going research projects, and recent publications can be
found at (https://sites.utexas.edu/contreraslab/)