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POST DOCTORAL FELLOW, Biological and Biomedical Systems - 74384

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Job Title: POST DOCTORAL FELLOW, Biological and Biomedical Systems - 74384
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 43661
Hiring Department

The Spletter lab in the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC)

Job Description

The Spletter lab in the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) is looking to recruit a postdoctoral scientist with an interest in genetics and muscle development who is motivated, curious, and excited and excited about RNA biology.

Mature muscles display a wide variety of morphologies and contractile dynamics. These properties are established by differential gene expression and splicing, which allow muscles to fine-tune sarcomere assembly and contractility. Defects in RNA regulation lead to muscle malfunction and disease, emphasizing the importance of alternative splicing and gene isoform expression to normal muscle development. The Spletter lab studies how RNA binding proteins, which regulate RNA processing, contribute to muscle-type specific develpment and function. The laboratory investigates this question in the powerful genetic model organisim Drosophila melanogaster, combining classical genetics, confocal imaging, transcriptomics and biochemistry approaches to understand mechanisms of RNA binding protein function. As both muscle structural components and the contractile mechanism are conserved, our findings are relevant to understanding human myogenesis and muscle disease.

Minimum Qualifications

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist to join our team to study CELF and RBFOX family function in myogenesis. The successful candidate will have completed a PhD or equivalent in biology, biochemistry, genetics or a related field. Experience with molecular cloning, Drosophila husbandry, protein biochemistry, bioinformatives or confocal imaging are desireable, but not required. The successful candidate will be organized, reliable, communicate effectively and have a strong work ethic. They will be expected to develop an independent research project, regularly present their progress, publish their findings and participate in conferences.

Full Time/Part Time

Full-Time, benefit eligible, unranked/non-tenure track academic position. Initial contract is 12 months beginning Fall 2022.


Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline

Applications will be considered as received, and the position will remain open until filled.

Application Instructions

To be considered, please submit a single PDF including a cover letter detailing your motivation and previous experience together with a CV that lists contact information for three references.Please direct all inquiries to Mary Flores ([email protected]) or Dr. Maria Spletter ([email protected]), School of Science and Engineering, Department of Biological and Biomedical Systems, University of Missouri-Kansas City. (UMKC).

If you need technical assistance, please call (800) 488-5288.


UMKC offers a friendly, supportive and multi-cultural work environment. Kansas City supports a rich and diverse intellectual environment specialized in the biomedical sciences, and is also a vibrant, metropolitan Midwestern community. It is ranked among the best cities to live in the United States, with a milld climate, quality healthcare, high quality of life and low cost of living. From museums and a fine arts district to professional sporting events to outdoor recreation and parks, Kansas City offers a multitude of options to balance life both in and outside of the lab.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

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