Requisition ID:  28552

Post Doctoral Research Associate RNA Biology

Job Description

One Post-doctoral position is available immediately in the Bio-imaging and Biophysics laboratory at the West Lafayette campus of the Purdue University (PU). The candidate will work with Dr. Jing Liu ( and will be affiliated with the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The laboratory focuses on the application of physical science in fundamental cell biology, which have a direct therapeutic impact on various diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.


The candidate will work on the NIH funded project (2022 – 2026) to study the transcription and translation of single molecule RNA molecules in a single cell. The candidate is expected to utilize the cutting-edge multiplexed RNA imaging technique, such as SeqFISH and MERFISH, to understand the function and mechanism of beta-cells in type 1 diabetes. The candidate will work closely with researchers in the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Disease at the Indiana University School of Medicine.


The candidate will receive mentorship from both a biophysicist and a diabetic biologist, and will have the access to the state-of-art facilities and resources in both Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine, including IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center (IUSCC), Indiana Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD), and Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB). In particularly, the candidate will have the full access to training workshops and pilot grant opportunities that are offered by the Purdue University and Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Liu directly at  

Job Requirements


  1. PhD in molecular biology, cell biology, RNA biology, or any closely related field. Experience in beta cells is highly encouraged.
  2. The candidate is expected to have excellent skillset in performing molecular and cell-biology based research including the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of laboratory experiments.
  3. The candidate is expected to have motivations to learn new techniques and knowledge in imaging methods, quantitative biophysics, and bioinformatics.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work in a team with interdisciplinary members, and to work independently with minimal supervision. The candidate is expected to conceive individual ideas to write pilot grants and training grants towards establishing the independent research group.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette