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The RNA Institute is located at the State University of New York in Albany, the State Capital.  Centrally located between the Catskill and the Adirondack parks, the region provides abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, and is also close to the metropolitan centers of New York City, Boston and Montreal.

The Institute creates an outstanding environment for research collaborations bringing together ~50 investigators from the University’s College of Arts & Sciences, College Nanoscale Science and Engineering, School of Public Health, and regional institutions including the Wadsworth Center NYSDOH, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Albany Medical College

The University at Albany is an EEO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer.

Postdoctoral Positions: Two Postdoctoral Positions are available in RNA structural biology in The RNA Institute in NMR and Mass Spectrometry. The Institute is developing cutting edge technology for the advancement of RNA therapeutics and diagnostics in infective disease (viral and bacterial and diabetes), as well as basic understandings of RNA biology in pluripotent stem cell differentiation and the effects of cannabinoids and bis-phenol-A (BPA). We are looking for bright and enthusiastic individuals who seek answers and travel beyond known boundaries.  Successful candidates must have the ability to dissect problems and projects into manageable tasks; demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks with different priorities; ability to work on a team, yet demonstrate the skills of independence expected in career advancement; excellent oral and written communication skills. Foreign nationals must have a J1 visa with at least two years remaining to be a postdoctoral fellow in the US or an H1B. An H1B application will not be financially sponsored.

Postdoctoral position (1), The RNA Institute, Maria Basanta-Sanchez lab: RNA Separation & Mass Spectrometry in analytical development of high-throughput methods to characterize RNA modifications, the epitranscriptome, from a wide variety of biological systems using Mass Spectrometry-based technologies. In addition research includes the development of high-throughput methods of RNA separation and purification and the use of chromatography to decipher RNA structure. Applicants are sought with expertise in small-molecule mass spectrometry, chromatographic separation techniques, and statistical analysis of large data sets.

Apply to mbasantasanchez@albany.edu with the subject line of MS Postdoc Fellow and include: letter of interest with date of availability, complete curriculum vitae with list of publications, statement of research experience in Mass Spectrometry and list of three or more contacts for letters of reference.

Postdoctoral position (1), Agris Lab: NMR A Post-Doctoral Associate position is now open in the lab of Dr. Paul F. Agris within The RNA Institute of the University at Albany (SUNY). Applicants are sought with expertise in modern high-field NMR instrumentation for determination of macromolecular structure, RNA, RNA-RNA, RNA-protein and small molecule interactions in infective disease and in diabetes. Applicants must also have experience in molecular biology/biochemistry with experience in RNA preferred.

Apply to pagris@albany.edu with the subject line of NMR Postdoc Fellow and include: letter of interest with date of availability, complete curriculum vitae with list of publications, statement of research experience in macromolecular NMR and list of three or more contacts for letters of reference.

Postdoctoral positions (2), Belfort Lab: Self-splicing introns and inteins Postdoctoral positions are available in the Belfort lab to study both self-splicing introns and inteins. The group investigates both the dynamics of retrotransposon-like group II introns and their evolutionary relationship to spliceosomal introns and the structure, function, evolution and application of the protein-splicing inteins.  The successful applicants will use genetic, biochemical, structural and high-throughput genomic techniques in bacteria and yeast.  We will build on our discoveries [Coros et al. Mol Cell (2009) 34, 250-256; Chalamcharla, et al. Genes Dev. (2010) 24, 827-836; Callahan et al, Nature Struc. and Mol Biol. (2011) 18, 630-633]to explore the lifestyle, host inter-dependence and evolution of these self-splicing, RNA and protein elements.

Candidates should have a Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related fields, and publications in peer-reviewed journals.  Experience with bacterial and yeast genetics, structure and computation are preferred, but not essential.

The laboratory is in an interdisciplinary Life Sciences Research Building and is affiliated with UAlbany is located in Albany, NY, which has a vibrant scientific and cultural community, situated a few hours by car or train from New York City, Boston and Montreal.  Surrounded by rivers, lakes and mountains, Albany is an ideal location for outdoor activities year round.

To apply, submit a CV, a statement of research interests and career goals, and the names of 3 references to Rebecca McCarthy. These are NIH-funded positions administered by the Research Foundation, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoctoral position (1), Belfort Lab: Catalytic RNA and retrotransposon dynamics A Postdoctoral position is available in the Belfort lab to study self-splicing introns. The group investigates the dynamics of retrotransposon-like group II introns, their genetic mobility, stress responsiveness and their evolutionary relationship to spliceosomal introns.  The successful applicants will use genetic, biochemical, structural and high-throughput genomic techniques in bacteria and yeast. References to recent discoveries: Coros et al. Mol Cell (2009) 34, 250-256; Chalamcharla, et al. Genes Dev. (2010) 24, 827-836; Huang et al Nucleic Acids Res (2011), 39 2845-2854; Contreras et al. RNA (2013) 19, 1497-1509.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. -in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related fields, and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Experience with bacterial and yeast genetics, biochemistry, structure and computation are preferred.

The laboratory is in an interdisciplinary Life Sciences Research Building and is affiliated with The RNA Institute.

To apply, submit a CV, a statement of research interests and career goals, and the names of 3 references to Rebecca McCarthy. This is an NIH-funded positions administered by the Research Foundation, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoctoral position (1), Hanes Lab: SUNY-Upstate Medical University- Syracuse, NY: Developmental Genetics / non-coding RNAs: The laboratory is studying translational control of gene expression during embryonic development. This focus is on a long non-coding RNA called 7SK-RNA, and the RNA methyltransferase (Bin3/MePCE) that regulates it. The Bin3-7SK-RNA complex is required for Bicoid-dependent repression of caudal mRNA translation in early embryos (Singh et al. Dev. Biol 352,104; Cosgrove et al., WIRES RNA [Wiley], July 2012). Project will use high-throughput methods to identify new Bin3 targets and mechanisms in combination with Drosophila genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. Candidate must have at least 2 years of experience with modern Drosophila genetics. Send CV, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references, to haness@upstate.edu.

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