GIRIRAJAN LAB
Positions Available
Fly scientist at work Postdoctoral scholar in functional genomics (cell lines and mouse models): An NIH-funded postdoctoral position to study mouse and cell culture models of neurodevelopmental disorders is available in the laboratory of Santhosh Girirajan in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Girirajan lab is studying the complex genetics and mechanistic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability, autism, and schizophrenia using genome sequencing and functional studies involving mouse, fruit flies, and cell culture models. These projects will have translational impact for neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Candidates having an interest in genetics, molecular and behavioral neuroscience, and pharmacology, and research experience in mouse models of disease will be preferred. Candidates should have a PhD in genetics, molecular or cell biology, neuroscience, pharmacology or an equivalent area. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a track record of productive research in terms of publications, have strong organizational, written, and verbal skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a laboratory team. Starting salary will be competitive and includes allowable moving expenses to State College. Applications must be submitted electronically here. For consideration, a curriculum vitae (CV) is required that includes a list of publications and a brief statement of research interests and goals. Please also provide contact information for three references that can provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral scholar in functional genomics (Drosophila melanogaster models): An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Santhosh Girirajan in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University to study the molecular genetics basis of neurodevelopmental disorders using Drosophila melanogaster models. The research program is focused on using high throughput and quantitative techniques to understand the role of specific genes towards phenotypes in neurodevelopmental disorders. The position will involve working at the interface of human genetics and fruit fly models and will provide an opportunity to learn genomics as well as computational methods. Applicants should have obtained a PhD in molecular biology, neuroscience, or genetics using fruit fly models and should have experience handling fly stocks, performing large-scale genetic screens, and ability to carry out molecular biology experiments. Applicants must have a significant motivation to study human genetic diseases using flies, and should be confident, and independent. The candidate should be willing to supervise undergraduate students and graduate students as large-scale screens require a collaborative team of students and postdocs. Applications must be submitted electronically here and include a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal.

Eberly Research Fellow: The Girirajan lab also participates in the Eberly Research Fellows program at Penn State. The Eberly College of Science at Penn State University invites nominees for the Eberly Research Fellowship program. Eberly Fellowships are designed to attract exceptional early career scientists to Penn State to enhance their career goals in the vibrant, highly collaborative environment of the Eberly College of Science and the broader STEM community of Penn State University. The Eberly College of Science, which includes the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, ranks in the top 10 universities in the U.S. and has annual research expenditures exceeding $100M. Each of the seven departments is expecting to appoint one or more Eberly Fellows. Nominations for early career scientists with exceptional promise in basic research in physics, chemistry, biology, molecular biology, astronomy, mathematics, and statistics and/or applied research in health, energy, materials, or the environment are encouraged. Interdisciplinary as well as traditional disciplinary research is encouraged. Fellows who wish to also gain training and experience in teaching may elect to receive mentored teaching experience. Eberly Fellow advisors must hold their primary appointment in one of the seven departments of the Eberly College of Science. Co-advisors and cross-disciplinary research are also supported. For more information on the nomination and application process, please visit the formal posting here.

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