Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton, NJ
May 08, 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/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


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