Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton, NJ
Feb 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

Chemical and Biological Eng - 25300  

Position Summary
The Brangwynne Lab at Princeton University is currently accepting postdoctoral and senior researcher applications for a number of positions at the cutting edge of biological research.

We are a team of biologists, physicists, and engineers whose primary goal is to understand the rules governing phase transitions and self-assembly within the cytoplasm, and their dysfunction in disease. But our interests range from cell growth and differentiation, to gene regulation, the development of new technologies, the role of disordered proteins, and non-equilibrium phase transitions.

Applicants should apply online at and submit a cover letter, statement of research interests, and CV including the names of three references. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. This is a one year term with possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and funding.

For more information, see our webpage and recent papers:
* Feric Coexisting liquid phases underlie nucleolar sub-compartments. Cell, 2016
* Zhang RNA controls PolyQ protein phase transitions. Molecular Cell, 2015
* Elbaum-Garfinkle The disordered P granule protein LAF-1 drives phase separation into droplets with tunable viscosity and dynamics. PNAS 2015
* Brangwynne Phase transitions and the polymer physics of intracellular organization. Nature Physics, 2015
* Feric A nuclear F-actin scaffold stabilizes ribonucleoprotein droplets against gravity in large cells. Nature Cell Biology, 2013  

Essential Qualifications
PhD is required.
We are seeking curious, hard working, and innovative scientists interested in working in an exciting interdisciplinary environment. Qualified candidates will have a strong background in quantitative biology, (bio)physics, (bio)engineering or related fields, and a solid publication record.  

Preferred Qualifications
Experience with techniques of cellular and molecular biology, cloning, instrumentation/device design (e.g. optics, microfabrication), quantitative light microscopy, and computational work or mathematical modeling would be useful. Prior work with model systems including cultured cells, C.elegans, and Xenopus would also be beneficial.  

Directory Title
Job Function
Regular Professional Research  
RR 040  
Standard Hours
Full Time  
Actual Hours per Week, if casual hourly
Pay Rate, if Casual Hourly
Work Schedule, if other than standard hours
Eligible for Overtime
Benefits Eligible
Union Code
Not Applicable  
Education Required
Doctorate Degree  
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.
Instructions for Applying
Complete the online application and click "Apply to this Posting" at the top of the posting details page.  
Documents which can be associated with this posting
Cover Letter
Statement of Research Interest
Other Document 1  
Proposed Start Date
End Date, if a Term Appointment
Comments related to end date:
One year term with possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and funding.  
EEO Statement
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  


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