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Research coordinator for human genetics: The Girirajan laboratory at Penn State University is interested in hiring a wage payroll research coordinator to study the human genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders. The purpose of this position is to coordinate and manage Penn State IRB-approved human genomics research projects. The position will entail recruitment of patients and families with genomic disorders into the research project, assisting other laboratory members in the collection and analysis of patient data, and providing follow-up genetic counseling services to families after data analysis. We are looking for someone to commit to 20 hours per week. Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or higher in psychology, human development and family studies, genetic counseling, or related fields would be ideal for this position, as would individuals with prior experience with genetic counseling in a research setting. A basic knowledge in genetics and human disease would be desired, and a working knowledge of MS Word and Excel is desired for data storage and analysis. The candidates should have strong organizational and communication skills, must be reliable and punctual, and must have the ability to work well as part of a team. Applications should be include a cover letter, resume and list of references. Applications must be submitted electronically here. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Research technologist for Drosophila genetics: The Girirajan laboratory is seeking a Research Technologist. Duties will include Drosophila melanogaster husbandry (maintaining stocks and breeding), molecular analysis (extraction, amplification and sequencing of genomic DNA and RNA), and extraction, identification and phenotypic analysis of fly mutants using confocal microscopy and behavioral analysis. The technician will assist other researchers in the laboratory with data analysis, organization and interpretation and experimental design. Basic knowledge in biochemistry and molecular biology is required, as well as specific knowledge concerning Drosophila genetics. Specific skills required include knowledge of molecular biological techniques, fly genetics, and handling of bacterial cultures. A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel is desired for data storage and analysis. This position typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Microbiology or Biochemistry and related experience working in a research lab are preferred. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. Applications must be submitted electronically here. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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.

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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