Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Posting Details

Job TitlePostdoctoral Research AssociateDepartmentChemistryFull Time/Part TimeFull-TimeRequisition NumberP21010Open Date08/31/2020Close DateBenefits EligibleYesPosition Summary

The group of Dr. Han Xiao in the Department of Chemistry at Rice University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to develop novel therapeutic strategies and innovative chemical tools that allow us to understand complex biological systems. More information on the Xiao Lab’s research can be found at:

Education Required

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate


Chemical biology, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, or cancer biology

Education Preferred

Chemistry, biology, bioengineering, or related fields

Experience Required

No experience required

Experience PreferredSkills Required

- Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, oral presentation skills, and a desire to develop these to a high level
- Knowledge of modern research of concepts and principles of biological systems and data collection/analyses using microscopy, gel electrophoresis, flow cytometry, and transfection
- Able to purify/characterize enzymes and isolate/analyze DNA, RNA, proteins
- Skilled in writing scholarly papers based on ongoing research with accompanying supporting information using Microsoft Word and/or ChemDraw and managing the journal publication process
- Able to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction

Skills PreferredPhysical Demands

Requires working at a computer for extended periods of time (up to eight hours per day).

Working Conditions

- Receive annual safety trainings by the university, and will be supplied with personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Shared office space (separate from the lab) and a work laptop
- Occasionally work evenings and/or weekends due to the demands of the research activities

Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Essential Personnel

Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Special Instructions to ApplicantsQuick Link for Posting Functions

- Maintain bacterial/mammalian cells and perform biomolecular purification to prove/manipulate biological systems and develop novel biological/chemical therapeutic strategies
- Documents, analyzes, and maintains research data
- Mentors, oversees, and/or trains junior research team members
- Publishes and presents research findings
- Provides academic services (ie. teaching classes) to the department as required
- Performs all other duties as assigned

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Publications
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Have you completed all the requirements of a PhD or other doctoral degree in chemical biology, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, cancer biology or closely related field, including defense and final submission of thesis?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Will have degree conferred before the start of the appointment




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Posted: 9/1/2020
Application Due: 11/30/2020
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