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The Prensner laboratory at the Chad Carr – Pediatric Brain Tumor Center is looking for an exceptional candidate for a unique Postdoctoral Fellow position. This position affords the exciting opportunity to be part of a research effort aiming to dissect the genomic basis of pediatric cancer and its therapeutic implications.

What You'll Do

  • The successful candidate will be expected to conduct and advance independent research projects focused on the cancer genome in pediatric brain tumors and other malignancies.  Areas of interest for the lab include the non-coding genome, non-canonical open reading frames, RNA translational control, and therapeutic targeting of RNA translation.

This candidate will be expected to conduct wet-lab molecular biology and tissue culture experiments to advance his/her/their research projects, as well as gain proficiency in data analysis techniques including analysis of sequencing data.

The candidate is expected to work largely independently on a daily basis, with regularly scheduled meetings with the Principal Investigator.

Who We Are


The Prensner Lab seeks to create a lab culture based on respect, integrity, perseverance, and fun.  We aspire to be creative and collaborative scientists who are societally-engaged.  We regularly collaborate with labs both nationally and globally.  We welcome applicants of all kinds. 


As one of the world’s top universities located in one of the country’s most highly educated and most livable cities, the University of Michigan provides an outstanding research environment that is matched by a vibrant city community.  The nationally recognized medical school, cancer center, and basic science departments afford close interactions with top academic teams of diverse skillsets.


  • Develop and conduct independent research projects in pediatric cancer that interface with one or more of the following: RNA translation, translational regulation, RNA therapeutics, non-canonical open reading frames, and genomics with a focus on pediatric brain tumors, developmental biology, and human genetics.
  • Maintain and develop collaborations to advance the scientific work.
  • Document, compile, and format data analysis in presentations and reports to supervisor.
  • Attends team meetings.
  • Mentors and trains junior lab members.
  • Other related tasks as required.

Required Qualifications*


  •  PhD in computational biology or the life sciences, or other relevant discipline

Skills and abilities

  • Prior experience with mammalian tissue culture, DNA/RNA molecular assays, and protein biology is desired
  • Exceptional organizational and critical thinking skills, analytical practices and attention to detail are essential.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with all levels of staff and with external contacts are needed.
  • Ability and eagerness to learn in a self-motivating environment.

Additional Information

This is a full time, one year,  benefits eligible, term limited position with the possibility of extension.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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