Postdoctoral Fellow in Genetics at the University of Michigan

Postdoctoral Fellow for the Kalantry Lab

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Full Time

Academic / Research, Research Fellows

Job Summary

The Kalantry Lab in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join our interdisciplinary and highly interactive laboratory team focused on elucidating principles of epigenetic inheritance primarily, but not exclusively, through the study of X-chromosome inactivation.  X-inactivation is an evolutionarily conserved paradigm of epigenetic regulation that equalizes X-linked gene expression between male and female mammals by silencing genes on one of the two X-chromosomes in females.  X-inactivation lies at the nexus of functional long noncoding (lnc) RNAs and chromatin-modifying factors. 

The Kalantry Lab has discovered new lncRNAs and identified chromatin modifying proteins with previously unknown functions in X-inactivation.  Projects involve genetically and biochemically testing lncRNAs and chromatin modifiers in initiating and/or maintaining X-inactivation in cultured stem cells and in mice as well as discovering novel factors and mechanisms underlying X-inactivation.  Postdoctoral fellows will have opportunities to take projects with them to their independent positions. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with others in the laboratory to genetically and epigenetically dissect X-chromosome inactivation in a variety of model systems, including mouse, rat, and human stem cells and mouse and rat embryos.
  • Take initiative and develops new concepts and techniques.
  • Read the relevant scientific literature deeply. 
  • Attend and presents seminars and participates in joint lab meetings.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication and presents findings at national meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in genetics and/or epigenetics or related fields.
  • Expertise in molecular biology, cell culture, and/or biochemistry.
    • Highly motivated, organized individual with a demonstrated track record of innovation and independent direction.
    • Ability to work collaboratively, take initiative, and complete projects. 
    • A strong publication record with one or more first-author publication(s).

 Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to analyze high-throughput datasets. 
  • Experience with advanced statistical methods.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

How to Apply

To apply, qualified applicants must submit an application to the University of Michigan Job Board (ID 176091) that should include the following:

  • Cover letter stating your scientific background, interests, and career goals
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Contact information for references

Please direct any questions about the position to

Kalantry Lab website: