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Job #: F708
Posted Date: February 14, 2019
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Postdoctoral Position - Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, Dr. Patrick Hsu
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Are you passionate about engineering and repairing life? Inventing technologies and editing the genome? The Hsu Lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA ( works at the intersection of bioengineering and genomics to interrogate the human genome, develop precision genetic therapies, and invent new technologies for genome and transcriptional engineering.
Position Description: We are seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows who are interested in developing and applying novel molecular technologies to systematically reverse-engineer cellular processes through rapid and precise perturbations (Hsu Cell 2014). This position is part of a National Institutes of Aging-funded team to establish and characterize stem cell-derived models of Alzheimer’s disease using high-throughput genome editing and CRISPR-based functional genomics screens. We aim to mechanistically define genetic pathways that collaborate to induce neuronal degeneration, and identify novel targets for therapeutic intervention.
Education: Candidates should have a Ph.D. or M.D. degree and experience in stem cell biology and molecular/cellular biology.
Experience: Significant experience with mammalian tissue culture, molecular biology and genomics techniques (cloning, RNA-seq, ChIP, etc.), and a stem cell biology or neurobiology background is preferred.
Application Instructions:

Please submit your CV, statement of research interests and experience, and references to Patrick Hsu (

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