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Interested applicants for the advertised position should send a PDF with CV, a cover letter stating research interests and qualifications, and contact information for three references to Any questions regarding the project, lab, the university or the city of Ann Arbor may also be sent to the above email address.

Job Summary

Postdoctoral research fellowship: Understanding telomerase function in cancer cells.

A postdoctoral position is available beginning Fall 2019 in the lab of Jayakrishnan (JK) Nandakumar at the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Our lab studies the structure and function of telomeres and telomerase, which are protein-nucleic acid complexes that help maintain the ends of chromosomes. The current project involves the use of biochemical assays, genome-wide knockout screens, and other cell biological methods to understand how human telomerase functions in cultured human cells. The long-term goal of the project is to garner knowledge that would facilitate the design of the next generation of anti-telomerase based drugs for the cure/management of cancer.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Required Qualifications*

The candidates should hold a Ph. D. degree, and a have strong background in molecular biology and cell biology. Experience in mammalian cell culture and retrovirus-based expression approaches are required. Candidates with a strong background in molecular biology techniques that involve the isolation of DNA and RNA from mammalian cells, and their preparation for deep-sequencing analysis are especially encouraged to apply. Experience in the analysis of deep sequencing data is preferable.

Additional Information

This is a one year term-limited position with a possibility of renewal. In general in LSA, Postdoctoral Research Fellow appointments are renewable annually for a maximum of three years. Additional information regarding UM Postdoctoral Research Fellow appointments can be found at

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