Postdoctoral Fellow - Bioinformatics, Genomics, Biophysics

Staff Name: 
Victor B. Zhurkin, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Cell Biology
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Bioinformatics, Genomics, Biophysics, Computer Science

Position Description: 

A postdoctoral (or research fellow) position is available in the Laboratory of Cell Biology to study molecular mechanisms of chromatin organization and gene regulation. Our research focuses on regulatory information present on both DNA (Dr. Victor Zhurkin) and RNA (Dr. Pedro Batista) that goes beyond the genetic code: sequence-dependent DNA mechanics and topological polymorphism of chromatin fibers; genome-wide analyses of protein-DNA/RNA interactions in the context of chromatin and mechanisms of RNA post-transcriptional regulation dependent on RNA modifications – e.g., tumor suppressor protein p53 interaction with DNA wrapped in nucleosome; development-induced changes in global chromatin organization (TADs and CTCF sites); the impact of m6A on mRNA half-life and translation in cancer. For more information, please visit: and

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The successful applicant must have a PhD degree in Biophysics, Computer Science, Bioinformatics or a related field and at least one first author publication. We are looking for applicants with strong programming skills and experience in the analysis of next-generation sequencing datasets.

Additional Information: 

Bethesda, located adjacent to Washington, D.C., is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. Living in Bethesda offers residents a suburban feel with a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The public schools in Bethesda are highly rated.

How To Apply: 

Interested individuals should send a cover letter including relevant experience and research interests, curriculum vitae with list of publications, and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Victor B. Zhurkin (Email: Head, DNA and Nucleoproteins Section, Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.

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Victor Zhurkin
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