Postdoctoral Position - Dernburg Lab

    • Emeryville, CA

At the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), creativity and excellence are fundamental to our success. As one of the world's largest philanthropies, HHMI is a major force in advancing biomedical research and science education in the U.S. and beyond. The Dernburg Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a creative, accomplished, and highly motivated postdoctoral scholar.

Principal Responsibilities:

The Dernburg Laboratory investigates diverse aspects of meiotic chromosome dynamics, regulation, and function, primarily using the nematode C. elegans.

The successful candidate will work with the PI to develop and execute an innovative research program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Bioengineering, Biophysics, or aligned field, with a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Expertise in one or more of the following areas:
  • Quantitative or in vivo imaging
  • Polymer biophysics
  • Chromosome conformation capture methods
  • Computational analysis of chromatin landscapes or recombination
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Additional Information:

To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes the following to Professor Abby Dernburg at
1. A cover letter that describes your research and career goals, and your expertise or experience related to chromosome structure, function, or dynamics.
2. A curriculum vitae, including a publication list with a brief (2-3 sentence) description of your contributions to published work.
3. Names and contact information for 3-5 references.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email your resume to:

Abby F. Dernburg, PhD
470 Stanley Hall
MC 3220
Berkeley, California 94720-3220

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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