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Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US)
Salary commensurate with rank
Closing date
13 Jul 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Postdoctoral Fellow positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Kavitha Sarma.  The Sarma lab investigates mechanisms of gene regulation through RNA-containing chromatin structures called R-loops using neurodifferentiation and cancer models. Candidates with strong interest in gene regulation, chromatin architecture, epigenetic mechanisms, and non-coding RNA biology are encouraged to apply. A strong background in molecular biology is required and some experience in analysis of genomics datasets (eg. RNAseq, ChIP-seq, CUT&RUN) is ideal. Candidates with experience in working with human induced pluripotent stem cells and neurodifferentiation models will be given preference.


Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) degree and must have at least one first author peer reviewed publication.  Interested individuals should apply by submitting:


  • A CV including a list of publications and manuscripts in preparation.
  • One-page cover letter detailing the reason for their scientific interest in the lab, an outline potential postdoctoral research projects, and career goals.
  • names and contact information for at least 3 references to


The Sarma lab strives to create a diverse, inclusive, and multi-cultural work environment. The lab is a core member of the Penn Epigenetics Institute which allows interactions and collaborations with many scientists with shared research interests. The Sarma lab is located in the Wistar Institute, an independent biomedical research institute founded in 1892 and located in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania Campus. The Wistar Institute provides resources to its faculty and staff that enable them to conduct cutting edge collaborative research, outstanding intellectual environments, and state-of-the-art facilities. We offer an excellent benefits package.


For more details on research and a list of publications visit:


The Wistar Institute is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). All candidates must share our commitment to DEI. The Wistar Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, mentoring, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of our academic/research community.

It is the policy of the Institute to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, citizenship, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, veteran status, mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), pregnancy, caregiver status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or on the basis of genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law, with respect to all terms and conditions of employment.




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