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Finkielstein Lab Job Openings

Positions available in the lab of Carla Finkielstein, Ph.D.


Two (M.Sc. or Ph.D) positions are available for highly motivated and team player graduate students. They would be responsible for leading efforts to expand our knowledge in the regulation of cell cycle transitions in early Xenopus embryo development and in understanding cell and circadian cycles cross-talk mechanisms. These projects would especially be of interest to students who want to combine multidisciplinary approaches to tackle problems in the cell biology area. Research will be conducted in a very supportive environment that includes, if required, potential collaborations.

  • Requirements. The successful applicants will have completed, by spring 2010, a B.Sc. in a biological science area (molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology) and meet the requirements of the Virginia Tech graduate program. Previous laboratory experience (summer or honors research project) in molecular biology would be an asset. If you are interested, please forward the following information to me: a copy of your resume/c.v, a copy of a recent transcript, start date(s) you would prefer, and contact information for three references, to the address listed above. International applicants are acceptable but he/she should meet the departmental requirements. A graduate Research Assistantship is available.


A two-three years postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately to conduct research in the area of signal transduction of circadian transcription factors and their implication in cell cycle regulation.

  • Requirements. Applicants must have an MD and/or Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular and/or cellular biology. The following key competencies are desired: highly motivated and interested in exploring new areas of research; good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. A strong background and extensive experience in cell and molecular biology techniques are essential. The candidate will receive training and/or will be exposed to a variety of specific research techniques in cell biology (eggs fertilization, tissue culture, transfections, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, etc.), molecular biology (promoter analysis, DNA footprinting, in situ hybridization, arrays, etc.), biochemistry (FPLC, mass spectroscopy, enzyme assays, etc.) and bioinformatics (database mining, sequence assembly, etc). To apply please send curriculum vitae, bibliography, research interest statement and career goals and the names and contact information of three references to my address (listed on top). Salary commensurate with experience.