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Graduate Student Opportunities

We are currently accepting Ph.D. students for rotation positions. For more information about the graduate program, visit the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program homepage. I can mentor students in the following programs:

CELL BIOLOGY & PHYSIOLOGY
GENETICS & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOINFORMATICS & COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY


Postdoctoral Research Associate (Full Time)

We are looking for a highly motivated and creative postdoctoral fellow to study mechanisms of gene regulation during human development using state-of-the-art molecular, genetic (CRISPR/Cas9), and genomic (Hi-C, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq and RNA-seq) approaches. We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms through which enhancers and three-dimensional chromatin structure alter transcriptional output during cellular differentiation. The successful applicant will use targeted and genome-wide approaches to study transcriptional control during immune cell development both in normal conditions and within the context of the tumor microenvironment. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and involves cutting edge DNA sequencing technology, bioinformatic analysis, and genome editing. We encourage applicants with relevant experience—either experimental or computational—and those looking to develop new skills in these exciting areas. LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE.


Undergraduate Experimental Researcher (Part Time)

We are looking for an undergraduate researcher to assist in experiments to understand gene regulation during human development and cancer progression. We are an interdisciplinary lab that uses cutting edge techniques including CRISPR/Cas9, genomics, and bioinformatics to understand the inner workings of the human genome. The student will be trained in these techniques and work in close collaboration with a PhD level mentor to accomplish the goals of the project. The exact nature of the project depends on the student's interests and previous research experience but will be centered on using CRISPR/Cas9 to edit the genomes of human cell lines to identify regions controlling gene expression during normal cellular development and cancer progression. Techniques used may include DNA/RNA isolation, PCR amplification, agarose gel electrophoresis, and assays to determine the efficiency of genome editing. Successful applicants will have taken basic introductory biology courses including some laboratory classes and be able to commit to 9-12 hours per week. Interested students should contact me directly at douglas_phanstiel@med.unc.edu with CV, cover letter with a brief description of why they are interested, and their availability for the spring semester.


Undergraduate Computational Researcher (Part Time)

The Phanstiel Lab (http://www.unc.edu/~dphansti/) at UNC is looking for an undergraduate researcher to assist in a software development project in a genomics/bioinformatics lab. We are an interdisciplinary lab that uses cutting edge techniques including CRISPR/Cas9, genomics, and bioinformatics to understand the inner workings of the human genome. The student will work with the PI on a software development project for the analysis, integration, and visualization of genomic data sets. This is a great opportunity for computer science majors who are interested in getting exposure to genomics and bioinformatics or for biology major with an interest in software development.

The student should have a good attention to detail, some computer science training, and know how to write code in at least one language. Experience with the programming language R is preferred but not required. Must be able to commit to 9-12 hours per week. Interested students should contact me directly at douglas_phanstiel@med.unc.edu with CV, cover letter with a brief description of why they are interested, and their availability for the Spring semester.


Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.