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Postdoctoral Associate - Mendell Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, Massachusetts, Boston
4 Blackfan Circle (Show on map)
Jul 11, 2024
Primary Work Address: 6001 Forest Park Road, Dallas, TX, 75390-9050 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

About the role:

Performs a variety of research and/or laboratory tasks and experiments under general supervision. Analyzes data and records the results and conclusions of laboratory experiments. Interprets analytical data and prepares research reports. May assist in the establishment of experimental protocols. Associates appointments are tied to a research program directed by the Investigator.

About Department/Lab:

The Mendell laboratory is located in the Department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. We are a diverse group of passionate scientists investigating broad questions in RNA biology. In particular, we are interested in understanding how genes are regulated post-transcriptionally, how noncoding RNAs such as microRNAs and long noncoding RNAs participate in these regulatory pathways, and how these pathways go awry in human disease. We use a variety of approaches and model systems to address these questions including high-throughput screens, animal modeling, and mechanistic studies including structural biology. We are seeking additional laboratory members who share our passion for RNA biology and are enthusiastic to join our tight-knit team.

Please learn more about our group at our lab website, follow us on Twitter, or read our papers at the links below:

Lab website: https://labs.utsouthwestern.edu/mendell-lab

Twitter: @Mendell_lab

Publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/joshua.mendell.1/bibliography/public/

What we provide:
  • Opportunity to work in a small, diverse, and encouraging research environment.
  • A flexible schedule
  • Training and Certifications
  • One on one mentorship

What you'll do:

  • Performs research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects.
  • Makes detailed observations, analyzes data, and interprets results
  • Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies.
  • Prepares technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses.
  • Writes scientific manuscripts describing their research and findings.
  • Maintains familiarity with current scientific literature
  • Contributes to project process within his/her scientific discipline.
  • Investigates, creates, and develops new methods and technologies for project advancement.
  • Maintains high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature.
  • Participates in scientific conferences through research presentations.
  • Uses professional concepts in accordance with HHMI's objectives to solve complex problems in creative and effective ways.
  • May determine methods and procedures on new assignments and may provide guidance to staff in the laboratory.

In addition to the duties specifically identified by this job description, the position will include other duties if and as assigned by the direct supervisor or others with supervisory authority over this position.


  • May supervise the activities of other staff within the laboratory
  • Manages independent scientific research projects
  • Shares responsibility for results of a work unit or project team. Intermediate term impact. Individual able to manage own research project. Due to the level of autonomy, errors are not always discovered in a timely manner.

What we need from you:


  • Ph.D. degree in a scientific discipline or MD degree


  • Up to five years of experience working in a scientific laboratory.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of scientific principles
  • Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Ability to perform highly complex experiments with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints
  • Operational knowledge of advanced lab equipment
  • Ability to provide work and supervise directions to others
  • Ability to initiate and compose communications for various purposes in an appropriate style
  • Ability to work successfully within a collaborative and collegial environment and foster this ability in others.
  • Ability to review goals, analyze processes necessary to achieve those goals, and develop techniques and systems required to meet those goals. Often explores new areas and seeks opportunities to apply new knowledge to work.

Physical Requirements:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more.

Compensation Range

$70,000.00 (minimum) - $80,500.00 (midpoint) - $91,000.00 (maximum)

Pay Type:


HHMI's salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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