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Postdoc positions available!
Postdoctoral positions are available immediately to work on exciting NIH- funded projects in the field of Epigenomics to be carried out in the newly formed Center Of Biomedical Research Excellence at the University of North Dakota. Highly motivated individuals with an interest in cell biology, epigenetics and epigenomics are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to work well in a team environment and be willing to participate in training of graduate and undergraduate students. The Epigenomics group offers a highly supportive and collaborative environment to perform state-of-the-art research. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send a copy of their CV and 3 letters of reference. Grand Forks is a very affordable and family-friendly city with excellent schools, parks and abundant year-round outdoor recreational activities. UND determines employment eligibility through the E-Verify system. University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
1) A Post Doctoral position is available immediately to study the role of chromatin and other epigenetic processes in a phenomenon called EMT (Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition), which leads to cancer metastasis. A multidisciplinary strategy is being used in this study, which includes biochemical, molecular biological, and genome-wide techniques and, in the future, in vivo functional studies involving animal models. Candidates are also expected to interact with faculty, staff, and students within a larger group (approximately 20 laboratories) of researchers at UND studying the Epigenomics of Development and Disease. Candidates with considerable experience in Molecular biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or related fields are encouraged to apply. Experience with any of the following will be an advantage: Chromatin Biology, non-coding RNAs, DNA methylation, -omics platforms, FACS-based assays, microscopy, gene expression profiling (RNA-Seq and microarrays), next-generation sequencing, familiarity working with knockout and transgenic mouse models, mammalian cell culture models including embryonic and adult stem cells, and bioinformatics experience.
2) A postdoctoral position is available immediately at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in the laboratory of Sergei Nechaev. Topics of interest include but not limited to regulation of gene transcription, epigenetics, and network biology. The position offers flexibility in model systems that may include cancer cells, stem cells, and/or model organisms depending on the qualifications and interests of the candidate. Applicants should have recently earned a PhD degree in biochemistry, genetics, or a related discipline, and have demonstrated excellence in at least one of the above areas through authoring patents or peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate will lead an independent project of his or her choice in the area related to gene regulation using a combination of molecular biology and next-generation sequencing technologies. Research will be done in a highly supportive and collaborative environment that provides assistance with research projects and preparation of grants.
3) A Post Doctoral position is available immediately to study the role of epigenetic in addiction in a NIH funded project. The Carvelli laboratory is focused on elucidating the mechanism of action of drugs of abuse such as amphetamine and cocaine. The current goal of the project is to identify factors and pathways that control epigenetic programming during the use of drugs of abuse which ultimately lead to addiction. The laboratory is looking for an energetic, highly self-motivated and creative individual who is eager to work in a collaborative environment. The successful candidate is expected to be capable of working both independently and part of a team. Candidates with a PhD. degree and strong background in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply: epigenetics, protein/RNA/DNA analysis (ChIP), C. elegans genetics, biochemistry and/or molecular cellular biology.
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Our epigenetics research working group has been meeting regularly since 2010 and has grown to include approximately twenty laboratories from three departments in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as talented scientists from the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. Most of the epigenetics group members are early career investigators or those with established research programs in other fields whose research has led them to the exciting area of epigenetics/epigenomics research. In addition to the five junior investigators who would receive project support through our pending COBRE: Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in the Epigenomics of Development and Disease, this working group includes several well-established federally-funded investigators with expertise in cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, auto-immune disorders, and aging. The more established members of the group will serve as collaborators, mentors, and on the Internal Advisory Board to support the Center generally, and more specifically to assist the junior investigators with all aspects of our mission. Since 2010, members of our epigenetics group have submitted several collaborative RO1 and R21 proposals to the NIH and to various private foundations. Furthermore, our first collaborative epigenetics manuscript was published in December 2011, and additional manuscripts are in preparation. Thus, although the group is in its formative stages, we have already achieved measurable successes and have secured the enthusiastic support of senior investigators and administration.
Featured Epigenetics Articles
Featured UND Investigator
Sergei Nechaev, PhD was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in January 2012. UNDSMHS recruited Dr. Nechaev from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at NIH in North Carolina, where he was a postdoctoral researcher for five years. Dr. Nechaev earned his doctorate from the State Research Institute of Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms, Moscow, Russia.
Dr. Nechaev in the Project Leader for Project 1 of our proposed COBRE Center investigating the roles of RNA polymerase II pausing as a dynamic epigenetic mark during neural stem cell differentiation.
His pioneering work on RNA polymerase II pausing has resulted in a 2010 Science publication: Global Analysis of Short RNAs Reveals Widespread Promoter-Proximal Stalling and Arrest of Pol II in Drosophila.
In his spare time, Sergei enjoys mushroom hunting and cross country skiing, depending on the season.
- Congratulations to Drs. Roxanne Vaughan, Joyce Ohm, Sergei Nechaev, Lucia Carvelli, Cindy Anderson and Archana Dhasarathy for their $10.5 million COBRE award!
- Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Ohm for receiving her first NIH R01 grant for a total of $1,552,500; titled ""Environmental Toxins and Stem Cell Epigenetic Remodeling". Other UND investigators who will collaborate with Dr. Ohm on this grant are Drs. Kurt Zhang, Brij Singh and John Watt.
- Congratulations to Drs. Sergei Nechaev and Archana Dhasarathy for successfully competing for a ND EpSCOR 2012 Equipment grant to purchase a state of the art Covaris Sonicator. This grant entitled Epigenetic Mechanisms of Cell Differentiation was for a total of $46,600 to purchase a Covaris S220 Adaptive Focused Acoustics Ultrasonicator. This instrument will be extraordinarily useful for anyone in the epigenetics working group looking to fragment RNA, DNA, or crosslinked chromatin prior to ChIP, next generation sequencing, or other downstream applications. For training and instrument access, please contact Dr. Nechaev.
The NIH R01 toolkit has useful information and additional links
Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery (DAVID) Bioinformatics Resources 6.7 - Useful for annotating genome data and pathway analysis
Jim Bone's Chromatin Page lists chromatin researchers, has announcements of meetings and postdoc positions.
Histone antibodies that are good to use:
Methprimer: design primers for bisulfite sequencing or MSP
Bisulfite sequencing Data Presentation and Compilation : A useful website to analyze and interpret your bisulfite sequencing data.
The histone modifications App: easily check up on roles of different histone modifications