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Postdoctoral position open in Bourc’his lab, Institut Curie (Paris, France)
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate to join the Bourc’his lab, Institut Curie (Paris, France), to study the intercations between retrotransposons and host genomes, in the context of germline development and early embryogenesis. Using the mouse model, we are broadly interested in identifying the defense strategies developed by mammalian genomes to prevent retrotransposons from interfering with reproductive fitness, and in addressing the impact—deleterious or beneficial—of retrotransposons on genome organization and function. We use a combination of mouse genetics, molecular and cellular biology, genome-wide screens, genomic and transcriptomic profiling by short-read (including single cell) and long-read sequencing followed by adapted computational methodologies for the study of repeated transposable elements. Among our latest achievements are the identification of m6A RNA methylation as a signal for retrotransposon degradation (Chelmicki et al., Nature 2021), the role played by retrotransposons in the evolution of DNA methylation enzymes (Molaro et al., Mol Biol Evol 2020; Barau et al. Science 2016) and the short- and long- term roles of germline DNA methylation on fertility and the programming of phenotypes at the next generation (Dura et al., bioRxiv 2021; Greenberg et al., Nature Genetics 2017).

Our team is located in the Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Institut Curie (in the center of Paris), a premier scientific institution in the European union, which offers state-of-the-art core facilities and platforms in a highly dynamic, multi-cultural and inclusive environment.  


Good PhD track record Strong background in genetics, molecular biology, cellular biologyAutonomy and ability to drive a projectKnowledge of transposon biology: desirable but not essentialPrevious experience with the mouse model (in vivo and cultured cells): asset but not essentialBioinformatic expertise: asset but not essentialGood level in spoken and written English (French not required)

Starting date: anytime

Funding: 18 month-contract, renewal once. The salary will follow the Institut Curie guidelines for postdoctoral fellowships. The candidate will be expected to also apply for independent funding; assistance and mentoring will be provided throughout the application process.

The candidate will be strongly supported for career development and will benefit from technical and soft skill courses provided by the Institut Curie Training Unit. Opportunities for mentoring students will be given.  

Application details
We are reviewing applications as they arrive; candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Please send to

- curriculum vitae, including list of publications (preprints included) and communications
- cover letter outlining past research experience, motivation to join our group and career goals
- names/contact information of two references

Postdoctoral Research Fellow wanted by the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter
The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in this BBSRC funded post is available from 28/04/21 up to 28/04/23 or before if a suitable candidate is found sooner.

An exciting opportunity is available to undertake research on transposable elements. The successful candidate will analyse transposable elements from the genomes of diverse organisms, to address fundamental outstanding questions on transposable element evolution, diversity, and interactions with the host genome.

The research will involve a wide range of evolutionary and computational analyses, including bioinfomatic approaches involving scritpting. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the wider discipline, and their experience in applying research methods and techniques within established research programmes.

The project is funded by a BBSRC David Phillips fellowship to Dr Hayward. More information regarding the Hayward lab is available at:

Applicants will be experienced in conducting Bioinformatic analyses, including the use of scripting languages such as Perl, Ruby or Python. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the wider discipline, and their experience in applying research methods and techniques within established research programmes.

Find out more here, or for further information please contact Dr Alex Hayward, e-mail or telephone (01326) 259147.
(Posted April 15th, 2021)

Postdoctoral Position in the Schorn Lab at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
A post-doctoral position is available at the Schorn lab, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY. We are interested in how small RNAs identify and silence transposable elements when they become active during mammalian development and disease.

We found that tRNA fragments (tRF) derived from the 3'-end of mature tRNAs are highly expressed in cells undergoing epigenetic reprogramming and target LTR-retroelements, or endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), at their conserved tRNA primer binding site (PBS). Due to the perfect sequence complementarity of 3'-tRFs to the PBS, they have tens of thousands of targets in mammalian genomes. 3'-tRFs are processed under yet unknown conditions and potentially protect many eukaryotes. This is an exciting new field with many opportunities! We believe tRFs are an ancient link between RNAi, transposons and genome stability.

We are determining the intersection of tRFs with other small RNA silencing pathways and their effect on pluripotency and differentiation. Our main tools are cell culture transposition assays, long & small RNA sequencing, chromatin IPs, NGS analysis of repetitive sequences, CRISPR, etc. CSHL offers a fantastic research environment and a great community. The campus is located 45-90 min from NYC by car/train. Please email me with your interests, CV, and contact information of three references:
(Posted March 15th, 2020)

Postdoctoral Position in the Burns Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
A post-doctoral position is open to join the Burns laboratory in the Department of Oncologic Pathology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Our group studies high copy number repeats in the human genome, and the biology of the retrotransposons and endogenous retroviruses that generate these sequences. We and others have shown that subsets of these normally silenced elements are expressed as a hallmark of human cancers, and that this results in somatically-acquired retrotransposon insertions in cancer genomes. We aim to more fully characterize this phenomenon; to probe its consequences for cancer biology using models of cancer growth and tumor immunology; and to leverage our understandings to inform cancer detection and treatment.

Job Requirements 
Accomplished and motivated candidates with a recent Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and significant experience in molecular biology and cell biology are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in molecular biology, cell culturing techniques, and protein expression are essential. Experience generating and using complex datasets (e.g., from ChIPseq, RNAseq, single cell analyses, or CRISPR-Cas9 forward genetic screens) or experience in chemical compound screening are highly desirable. Experience with murine models of cancer may be advantageous, but is not necessary, and working with animal models is not a requirement of the position.

A background in transposable elements and repetitive sequences is not required and can be ‘learned on the job’. Rather, projects will lie at the interface of this field with another area of expertise brought by the successful candidate. These areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to: cancer cell biology; a specific type of malignancy (e.g., ovarian, lung, colon); DNA repair; epigenetics; tumor immunology; and protein translation or turn-over. Postdoctoral fellows departing the lab for independent faculty positions will have significant license to take projects with them.

Apply at the link above, or email Include a short statement of your research and career goals, a CV, and contacts for three references. A letter of recommendation from a Ph.D. advisor is welcome as part of the initial application, but is not required.
(Posted January 17th, 2020)

Postdoctoral available on project: Retrotransposon L1 and the host factors that restrict its integration

Position Description: A postdoctoral position is available to study how retrotransposon L1 is restricted by factors that defend the genome. Having a long-standing interest in
how TEs impact the biology of the host, we also study the activation of retrotransposons in fission yeast and how integration results in adaptation to stress. Further details and a list of publications can be found at:

Interested candidates must have a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. and have a strong background in molecular genetics. Skills in bioinformatics are also desirable. To apply submit a cover
letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and names of three references to:

Dr. Henry Levin
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
Bld 49, room 1A35A
Bethesda, MD, 20892

Employer Name: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Biology and Genomics of Mobile Elements

Dr. Yi Xing’s lab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the roles of mobile elements
in regulating RNA and protein expression in human cells. Our lab is broadly interested in computational biology and genomics of RNA processing and regulation, as well as their applications to human genetics, precision medicine, and cancer immunotherapy. We develop computational methods and genomic technologies for studying transcriptomic and proteomic complexity in bulk tissues and single cells
We also integrate computational and genomic tools to elucidate RNA regulatory networks in health and disease . We have a longstanding interest in understanding how mobile elements impact species-specific RNA regulatory networks
and consequently the recent evolution of the human transcriptome and proteome.
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with outstanding research experience and publication record.
The successful candidates will work in an integrated computational and experimental research
environment, and will have the opportunity to generate and/or analyze large amount of second- and third generation
sequencing data to elucidate how mobile elements shape transcriptome and proteome complexity in healthy or diseased states. We welcome applicants from either computational or experimental background, or a combination of both.
Interested candidates should send a CV and names of three referees to Dr. Yi Xing, at For more details of the lab, please visit
(Posted March 18, 2019)

Postdoctoral Position at University of Lyon

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to be hired at the University of Lyon (Biometry and Evolutionary Biology Lab) for three years, starting in September 2019.
The project will deal with horizontal gene transfer in insects and more specifically with the hypothesis that host-parasitoid interactions may constitute a major route for this phenomenon. It builds on a long- term and extensive ecological description of associations between parasitoids and their lepidopteran hosts in a natural area of Costa Rica. Through a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Guelph, we will sequence the full genomes of approximately 200 species from this system to assess if horizontal transfers occur preferentially between insects that are tightly connected through host-parasitoid interactions, or, in the case of Lepidoptera, through the host plants they feed on.
The project will require heavy involvement in bioinformatics and evolutionary biology concepts and methods. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in horizontal gene transfer, and in evolutionary biology at both molecular and phenotypic levels. He or she should be at ease with bioinformatics, modeling, phylogenetic and co-phylogenetic analysis, and be inspired by the methodological challenges in these fields.
Lyon is a beautiful and lively city, not far from the Alps. The LBBE lab offers a very active scientific environment, dealing with many current issues in evolutionary biology, from molecules to ecosystems, with diverse approaches, from the bench and the field to big data and pure theory.

Applications should be submitted to Sylvain Charlat ( by June 1, 2019.  Please include your CV and the names of three individuals who are prepared to provide letters of reference. For further details, contact Sylvain or other team members: Julien Varaldi, Vincent Daubin, Vincent Miele, Damien de Vienne (CNRS - University of Lyon), Clement Gilbert (CNRS - Gif sur Yvette), Daniel Janzen (University of Pennsylvania), Paul Hebert (University of Guelph).

PhD Position at CNRS
We are looking for a PhD student to focus on the analysis of these experimental data. The PhD project is defined along two axes, the first one corresponding to the formalization of dynamic models, and the second one to bioinformatics analysis. This position will be based in the "Evolution of Genomes, Behavior, and Ecology" unit--a mixed-research unit in Gif sur Yvette, France. 

Axis 1: Dynamic, population genetics models will describe the evolution of the number and the frequency of transposable element copies in populations. They will be based on traditional models in transposable element population genetics [9, 10], and will accommodate recently-described mechanisms (such as the epigenetic-driven regulation of transposition through small RNA, [11]). Models will feature stochastic phenomena (genetic drift, recombination, mutations, sampling effects), and will be used for statistical inference of parameters of interest (such as transposition rates or regulation strength) from experimental data. 
Axis 2: The bioinformatics analysis will deal with the data generated by sequencing the experimental populations. The PhD candidate will have to infer new transposable element insertion sites, as well as their frequencies in populations. Standard and/or ad-hoc statistical methods (such as site frequency spectrum analysis) will then be applied in order to reconstruct the evolution and the distribution of transposable elements during genome invasion. 

Required skills and training
We are looking for a student trained in bioinformatics, statistical methods, and dynamical system analysis. The PhD candidate should have basic training in computer sciences, including programming (programming languages used in our research group are R, Python, and C++). A solid experience in population genetics or evolutionary biology is also expected. Good level in written/spoken English is requested.
To learn more and apply for the position, visit the website here.  
(Posted February 27, 2019)

Postdoctoral Position at Smit Lab at Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington
The lab is focused on the study of Transposable Element (TE) biology, and evolution using the latest developments in sequence modeling, phylogenetic reconstruction, and homology detection. We have developed some of the most widely used tools and databases for the study of TEs including RepeatMasker, RepeatModeler, the Repeat Protein Database, and Dfam.
The position offers an opportunity to help shape the future of the new Dfam community resource in collaboration with the Wheeler lab at the University of Montana, and through
a partnership with the NIH. The project will involve investigating and advancing de novo methods for the generation of TE libraries, development of improved methods for classifying new TE families, design of quality metrics and standards for TE modeling, providing TE family curation assistance to the research community and building/studying
TE families in a unique set of newly sequenced species.

Job Requirements 
Applicants should hold (or will shortly be awarded) a PhD degree and have experience in TE biology, and genomics. Prior experience with TE library
generation/curation, genome biology, and genome evolution are considered a major advantage. Candidates should have strong communication and data analysis skills, and
an established record of principal authorship in peer-reviewed publication(s). The successful candidate is passionate about science, motivated, proactive and able to work in
a team.
If you’re interested in joining the lab, please upload your CV with a brief description of your current research as well as 2-3 contacts for references at (Note that the posting is listed under the Hood-Price lab advert.)
(Posted February 25, 2019)

Postdoctoral Position at the Wadsworth Center

Laboratories of Joan Curcio and Alexey Khodjakov

 A 2.5 year NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available to investigate the effects of the Ty1 retrovirus-like transposon on asymmetric cell division in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The Curcio lab has long been interested in the relationship between retrovirus-like transposons and their eukaryotic hosts. Our recent work explores host control of Ty1 virus-like particle (VLP) assembly. Ty1 RNA is translated and packaged into VLPs in a cytoplasmic focus known as the retrosome. In collaboration with the Khodjakov lab, we have discovered that retrosome formation is asymmetrically restricted to mother cells; moreover, conditions that promote retrosome formation disrupt the age-dependent segregation of spindle pole bodies (SPBs, yeast centrosomes), a prerequisite for spindle alignment and faithful chromosome segregation. Quantitative fluorescence imaging will be used to understand how retrosome formation impacts SPB inheritance, spindle alignment, chromosome segregation and lifespan. Genetic, biochemical and quantitative imaging approaches will be combined to explore the crosstalk between the Ty1 Gag protein and SPB components as well as signaling networks that coordinately regulate retrosome formation and SPB inheritance.

 Interested candidates must have a PhD or MD, strong writing, oral communication and quantitative skills, and a background in cell biology and/or genetics. Experience in retrovirus or transposon biology is a plus. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page description of their research experience and goals, and the names of three or more references to or to:

Dr. Joan Curcio
Wadsworth Center
New York State Department of Health
Center for Medical Sciences
P.O. Box 22002
Albany NY 12201-2002

(Posted October 25, 2018)

Post-Doc Associates at Danforth Center
The Slotkin laboratory is currently seeking two organized and motivated researchers to add our group. The new postdocs will investigate how transposable elements and transgenes are targeted for epigenetic silencing using cutting-edge techniques including: single-molecule long-read sequencing, whole genome methylome analysis, and small RNA deep sequencing. Both wet-bench and computational informaticists will be considered, as well as any combination of these skill-sets. Candidates with experience in epigenetics, epigenomics and/or transposable elements are highly encouraged to apply. For more information about our research program, please visit the lab page. Learn more about the position here. 

PhD Studentship at Aberdeen University 

This studentship aims to gain a better understanding of fundamental processes of genome evolution that remain poorly understood. The project will investigate the role of transposable elements (TEs) in evolutionary diversification following whole genome duplication (WGD), using salmonid fishes as an ideal study system due to the presence of an ancestral WGD event that has had a major impact on genome evolution and been linked with lineage diversification (e.g. Lien et al. 2016; Robertson et al. 2017). We will test the hypothesis that TEs have been instrumental agents in reshaping genetic and epigenetic evolution following WGD, promoting adaptation. 

This PhD is embedded within a Norwegian research project ‘TRANSPOSE: Transposable elements as agents of genome evolution and adaptation following a recent whole genome duplication’. TRANSPOSE is a 5 year project and supervisor Macqueen is a collaborator. Position is open to UK/European applicants only. For application information, please follow the instructions on the posting here

Postdoctoral Position at University of Texas-Austin

Postdoctoral position available for research projects investigating the mechanism of repair of phage Mu transposition and Flp recombination events by the E. coli / yeast replication machineries, respectively. This process will be explored both in vitro and in vivo using biochemical, biophysical and cell biological tools. The mechanism of Mu integration is similar to retroviruses, and we anticipate extending the studies to the repair of retroviral integration events in mammalian cells. The Flp studies have the potential for application in cancer therapy.

Applicants must have first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals and be highly motivated. A strong background in bacterial or yeast biology, DNA biochemistry, and molecular genetics is desired. Protein purification skills are a MUST. A basic understanding of programming and network analysis is a plus.

Austin, TX has been consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the United States. The University of Texas offers competitive benefits. Applicants should email their CV and list of three references to Rasika Harshey:

Postdoctoral Position at the NIH

Position Title:  Genomic and mechanistic studies of transposable elements and HIV-1

Position Description:  A postdoctoral position is available to study the mechanisms and impact of Long Terminal Repeat-retrotransposons and retroviruses.  The LTR-retrotransposon Tf1 in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe is structurally similar to retroviruses and uses mechanisms of reverse transcription and integration that are excellent models for retrovirus replication.  Saturated profiles of integration sites revealed Tf1 inserts into the promoters of stress response genes.  Current work focuses on how chromatin factors promote integration site selection. To identify common mechanisms of integration we generate large-scale datasets of HIV-1 integration in human cells and analyze genome-wide patterns of integration.  Research is also conducted on other transposable elements to develop technology capable of generating genome-wide profiles of gene function.  Further details and a list of publications can be found at:

Interested candidates must have a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. and have a strong background in molecular biology, genetics, or virology.  Bioinformatic and programming skills will be of great benefit. To apply submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and names of three references to:
Dr. Henry Levin
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
Bld 49, room 1C32
Bethesda, MD, 20892

Employer Name:  Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Position Location: Bethesda, MD.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Posted: 16th March 2017.

González lab
Bioinformatics postdoctoral position at the Evolutionary and Functional Genomics LAB, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona, Spain.
Contact their lab for more information.

Kentsis lab
Looking for talented people to join the lab at the Sloan Kettering Institute, NY, USA.
For more information visit their careers page.