Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Gene Regulation by small RNAs (Los Angeles, CA)

Job Description
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Carolyn M. Phillips in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California. The Phillips lab is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to join us in investigating the mechanisms of RNA silencing in the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. Our primary goal is to understand the role of endogenous siRNAs in the regulation of gene expression and maintenance of genome integrity. We use genetics, cell biology, next-generation sequencing, and biochemical techniques to decipher these questions. Ongoing research includes identification and characterization of novel regulators of the RNA silencing pathway, molecular and biochemical characterization of key proteins such as the Argonaute proteins, and high-resolution microscopy to probe the subcellular localization and biophysical properties of RNA silencing complexes. Incoming postdoctoral fellows will be encouraged to develop their own research projects within the general interests of the lab that ultimately could form the foundation of an independent research position. The Phillips lab is currently funded by NIH, the March of Dimes, and the Pew Charitable Trust. More information about the lab can be found at

The University of Southern California is located in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. This full-time position is available immediately and offers competitive salary and fringe benefits. A 2-year minimum commitment is required. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.

Required qualifications/experience
The selected candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biology or related field. Evidence of previous scientific scholarship, specifically the publication of original research articles in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals, is essential. Previous experience with library construction for next-generation sequencing and data analysis is also highly desired.

The candidate must be responsible, have strong communication and interpersonal skills and be able to run an independent project. He/she must also be comfortable working in a highly collaborative and open research environment and be willing to assist in the training of undergraduate and graduate students.

Application Materials
• A cover letter explaining your scientific background and your reasons for wanting to join our laboratory
• A curriculum vitae (with publication list)
• Names of three references (letters will be needed upon request)

Application Method
Please apply at the USC Careers site: