Postdoctoral Fellow in Genetics at the University of Michigan

Postdoctoral Position in Chromatin Neurobiology of Smith-Magenis Syndrome

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to send the following materials to

  • Cover letter outlining current research efforts and motivation to apply for this position.
  • Curriculum vitae.

Job Summary

Postdoctoral position is available in the Iwase laboratory ( at the University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Human Genetics.

Candidate is expected to determine molecular mechanisms underlying Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS). SMS is caused by mutations of RAI1, a putative histone binding protein. Candidate will be able to use chromatin biochemistry, functional genomics, and mouse models to explore the roles of RAI1 in brain development, circadian rhythm, and synaptic plasticity. Ultimate goal of the project is to develop therapeutic strategies for SMS.

The salary range: $50,004 ~ $55,000 per year, plus a competitive benefits package. Candidate will have an opportunity to supervise one or more undergraduate students. The appointment of this position is at least 1 year and the appointment will be renewed on yearly basis. The position is supported by a private foundation of  SMS patient family. The University of Michigan Medical School is a largest biomedical research enterprise located in Ann Arbor, one of the safest and most educated cities of the United States.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Required Qualifications*

We are looking for highly-motivated individual who meets the qualification below

  • Strong background and skill set in molecular genetics and biochemistry.  
  • Ph.D. in a relevant discipline.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  
  • Experiences in one or more of the following fields preferred, but not required: Neurobiology, mouse genetics, and bioinformatics.
  • Commitment for long-term research on molecular neurobiology of SMS and related disorders.

Additional Information

Publications from the laboratory

More recent manuscripts under revision                                                                                                                                                                    

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.