Title:  Postdoctoral Fellow (PhD)

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $50,004 - $52,896
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  1561

The Sheehan lab's research focus is on developing novel treatments for patients living with sickle cell disease (SCD). We apply genomics and transcriptomics to the questions of fetal hemoglobin induction and clinical severity in SCD. We have access to thousands of genomic samples with extended phenotypic information. After genomic associations are identified by our bioinformatics collaborators, the Sheehan Lab validates the associations with functional studies in primary cell culture and animal models. Transcriptomic data related to fetal hemoglobin response to hydroxyurea has already been analyzed, and candidates identified. These candidates need to be validated functionally in cell lines and then in primary erythroid culture. The appropriate candidate has a strong background in molecular biology techniques such as shRNA knockdown, CRISPR/Cas9, western blot, RT q-PCR and tissue culture techniques. Experience with rodent models a plus.

Job Responsibilities

• Design and carry out experiments with minimal input

• Maintain laboratory notebook and all experimental data in a manner understandable to others

• Analyze data with minimal input

• Write abstracts and manuscripts with input from PI

• Review relevant literature in the field, and remain current

• Attend weekly lab meetings and Hematology research meetings; present project at least quarterly; attend and present at national meetings annually

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Ph.D or MD in related field.

Experience: None required.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience: 2 years laboratory experience using the techniques described above