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Apply now Department: 3670020060 Biology
Job no: 517480
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Division of Biology, Kansas State University, seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to investigate mechanisms of translational regulation in eukaryotes in the laboratory of Dr. Katsura Asano.

This project is funded by an NIH grant and is aimed at identifying rate-limiting steps in start codon selection, and using resulting knowledge to address new problems in basic human molecular biology, including cancer. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in molecular biological, biochemical, and genomics work. Job responsibilities will include recombinant DNA construction, mutagenesis, cell culturing, expression analyses, and biochemical and phenotypic characterization related to translational control and potential cancer outcomes. Additional biochemical work will include protein purification requiring French press, HPLC manipulations and protein-protein or RNA-protein affinity measurements. Genomics approaches will include library construction for ribosome footprint RNA sequencing and other immunoprecipitation-type RNA sequencing,and analyses of RNA sequencing datasets. Other responsibilities include shared work of supervising undergraduate and graduate student members of the lab, working on similar but smaller projects (10% time allocation) and lab management to include supply orders, equipment, and biological sample maintenance (5 % time allocation). Job responsibilities may include very occasional heavy lifting and/or transport of liquid nitrogen containers (~10 kg) or laboratory equipment.

The members of the Asano lab actively collaborate with computational, structural biology and genomics experts world-wide. The selected candidate will be offered appropriate advice from these experts related to steps needed to do the work.

The candidate is expected to work in-person in the lab during the entirety of the project period.

The position is open starting June 22nd, 2024. The annual renewal of this position depends on the demonstrated candidate progress and funding availability.

To learn about our research, please refer to:

  1. Yoshihiko Fujita, et al. (2022). Translational recoding by chemical modification of non-AUG start codon ribonucleotide bases. Science Advances 8, eabm8501.
  2. Leiming Tang et al. (2017). Competition between translation initiation factor eIF5 and its mimic protein 5MP determines non-AUG initiation rate genome-wide. Nucl. Acids Res. 45, 11941-11953.


Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph D Degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, or similar field
  • Experience in molecular biology work.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in tissue cell culturing and biochemical characterization.
  • Experience in handling genomics database including RNA-seq datasets

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter describing the candiate’s fitness to each of the expertises listed in the above description of its role.
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by June 10th, 2024.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$47500 annually

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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