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Postdoctoral Position in Synthetic and Molecular Biology

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for postdoc funding in biology. The duration of this scholarship is 3 months to 3 years. This funding is available for all students around the world. Applicants should apply before March 17, 2015.

We are looking for two enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers interested in synthetic biology and spatio-temporal signaling/expression processes. Projects for these positions include the creation of novel modular biological functions, high-resolution microscopy, noise analysis, and spatio-temporal tracking and analysis of key regulators in cell compartments. Gene network engineering/experimental design will be performed in close collaboration with experts in mathematical modeling and computer science, creating an iterative feedback loop between predictions, simulations and experimental observations. Thus, applicants are expected to be able to work in groups, have excellent personal and communication skills, and a willingness to communicate research results to interdisciplinary audiences. Both postdoctoral researchers will join the Integrative Systems Biology Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), and will work under the supervision of Prof. Tatiana T. Marquez-Lago.
Benefits
Competitive salaries, in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation. Housing, commuting and relocation allowances will also be provided, on top of salary.
Duration
The full-time positions are available at the start of 2015, with a negotiable start date. The initial contract will be extended for 12-18 months, with possible extensions up to 36 months, including the initial contract. All positions are subject to a 3-month probationary period.
Application Requirements
The successful candidates will actively participate by constructing network motifs and testing their in vivo expression, in E. coli and S. cerevisiae. They will also perform reliable tracking and analysis of key protein complexes in parallel systems biology projects. Thus, experience with general laboratory equipment, molecular biology techniques and fluorescence microscopy is essential. Likewise, candidates should have prior experience in E. coli and yeast cultures (S. cerevisiae preferably), evidenced by publications, while experience with both organisms and mammalian cultures will be considered a plus. Appointed postdocs will also be expected to monitor laboratory operations (including laboratory safety compliance, library construction and optimal planning of supplies), keep organized records for the laboratory, and work actively with members and collaborators of the group.
How to apply?
Interested candidates should send (1) a brief statement on their experience in synthetic biology and expression systems in E. coli and S. cerevisiae, evidenced by track record/past work (2) their CV, highlighting technical/experimental skills, (3) list of publications, and (4) names and contact information for 3 references, to tatiana.marquez@oist.jp. All documents should be sent in one single PDF file.
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