Postdoctoral Positions in Developmental Biology – Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Postdoctoral positions available in developmental biology laboratory to investigate epigenetic factors that contribute to the risk for neural tube defects and to identify new genes that play a role in neural tube defects (spina bifida). Both projects employ (epi-)genome editing (CRISPR/TALEN) in mouse models, with a focus on gene function and the influence of maternal metabolism during gastrulation and neurulation. The laboratory is well-funded by the National Institutes of Health, but candidates are also expected to apply for fellowships. Requirements are a PhD degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate biomedical discipline, knowledge in genetics, cell and developmental biology, and experience with molecular biology methods.

The laboratory is located at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the largest free-standing institute in the US dedicated to nutrition and metabolism research. PBRC is an independent campus of the Louisiana State University System and offers a highly interactive internationally oriented academic atmosphere, complemented by excellent core facilities for transgenics, genomics, bioinformatics and imaging. Mentoring will be provided to facilitate career advancement. Communication in the laboratory is conducted in English. Baton Rouge has several universities, and is rich in history as well as cultural and culinary offerings.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and start dates are flexible. Appointments are renewable yearly, contingent upon satisfactory progress. Please submit your curriculum vitae, including information on education, training and publications, with contacts for three references on your behalf to: Dr. rer. nat. Claudia Kappen, Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, USA, via e-mail to “claudia.kappen@pbrc.edu”.

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