Center for Infectious Disease Research Postdoctoral Scientist- Stuart Lab in Seattle, Washington

Job Description

A position is available for a Postdoctoral Scientistfor a project on RNA editing in Trypanosomes. We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated person to participate in this project that determines how three closely related complexes, 20S editosomes, precisely insert and delete many hundreds of Us at many sites to create functional mRNAs and do so differentially between life cycle stages. We are assessing functional, compositional and structural differences between editosomes that insert or delete Us, their selective editing of specific mRNA/gRNA substrates, and their differences between developmental stages. The project goals include determining high resolution structures and architectures of editosomes, the structural and functional roles of non-catalytic proteins in these complexes, how they edit multiple mRNAs, and how the editing is developmentally regulated. The project is being conducted in the Ken Stuart lab at the Center for Infectious Disease Research (, which is affiliated with the University of Washington ( Studies in the lab include those on human immune responses to malaria vaccination which are conducted jointly with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center ( The lab is in the South Lake Union neighborhood which along with the affiliations and interactions with multiple research institutions provides a rich multidisciplinary conceptual, technical, and collaborative research environment.

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. or equivalent biomedical degree in cell and molecular biology.
  • Proficiency with cellular and molecular analyses, e.g. of RNA and proteins.
  • Strong motivation to elucidate molecular complex structure and function.
  • Motivated by the importance of fundamental biology and potential application to health.
  • Ability to establish clear goals and to organize and prioritize work.
  • Willing and able to collaborate with other scientists.
  • Able to thrive within a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

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Tracking Code: 201833

Job Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular