Postdoctoral position in post-transcriptional gene regulation and RNA therapeutics at the Houston Methodist Research Institute

Posted on December 21,


Performs advanced research duties under the supervision/direction of a Principal Investigator.

This position is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (open rank) to work in an RNA molecular biology lab working on questions related to the molecular biology of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Prior RNA molecular biology experience is strongly preferred, with previous experience in ribosome profiling, qPCR, induced pluripotent stem cell lines, mammalian cell culture, and a detailed knowledge of translational control, RNA biochemistry and/or RNA processing steps all being particularly helpful.  This position may include working with mice and/or the handling and processing of de-identified human samples from a tissue bank.

Candidates will have the opportunity to do both basic science and translational research as they work in a fast-paced and collaborative research environment in the heart of the Texas Medical Center at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.  They will learn and apply cutting edge methodologies to study how cytoplasmic capping and the FHIT tumor suppressor modulate the epitranscriptome and affect post-transcriptional gene regulation and to design and develop new candidate RNA therapeutics in the lab of Dr. Daniel Kiss.  The Kiss RNA lab is part of the Houston Methodist Research Institute’s RNA Therapeutics Program which aims to develop new RNA-based therapies to treat human diseases. Depending upon your career track, you will be encouraged to apply for independent fellowships, but that is not mandatory as this position is fully funded for three years. 

Excellent organization, communication and critical thinking skills, the ability to work both independently and in a team-based environment, plus self-motivation are prerequisites. Postdocs belonging to underrepresented groups, those with non-traditional career tracks, and those interested in eventually transitioning to industry positions are strongly encouraged to apply.  Your training will be tailored to you with an individual development plan (IDP) which will focus on aspects of research relevant to your long-term career goals (including those away from the bench).  Although the position is fully funded for three years, candidates are encouraged to apply for independent fellowships

If interested, please attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a PDF of a recent publication, and a list of three references with your application. In your letter of interest, please describe your research background, how your previous research qualifies you for this opening, your contribution to your publication(s) and your future interests and career goals.  Email those materials to: [email protected].