Postdoc DNA and RNA level regulatory elements

Postdoc DNA and RNA level regulatory elements

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8 Nov 28 Nov Utrecht

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We are looking for an ambitious and driven candidate with the initiative and expertise to play a leading role in adapting new genome editing technologies for high impact research on neurodegenerative disorders.

Job description

A challenging postdoctoral position that will use innovative (high-throughput) genome editing tools to study how dysfunctions at the level of DNA and RNA regulatory elements drives toxic cellular phenotypes in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) using advanced human in vitro systems. You will have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in a multi-disciplinary team that connects large scale genomic analyses of patients with detailed functional experiments using iPSC-based in vitro modelling.

Your research will focus on decoding cell specific regulatory codes that are vulnerable to toxic risk factors in ALS - a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects 1 in 350 people. These regulatory codes are determined by functional elements that act at the level of either DNA or RNA to ensure correct expression, post-transcriptional processing and/or localization of key mRNA transcripts. It is already known that a failure in the maintenance of such regulatory codes is key to pathological events in both laboratory models of ALS and patients. Recent work by the project supervisors has provided new insights into this through multi-omic single cell analyses of patient tissue, large scale human genetics studies and transcriptomic analyses of novel ALS iPSC models. However, innovative and scalable technologies are needed to bridge key knowledge gaps and to connect prioritized DNA / RNA regulatory elements with functional outcomes in neural cell types. These relationships will need to be characterized at single cell resolution and interpreted in an isoform-specific manner. To fulfil these needs, you will implement a CRISPR based screening approach to manipulate key regulatory targets that have been prioritized using existing transcriptome, epigenome and genetic datasets from ALS patients. Your objective will be to quickly extend from low throughput evaluation of high priority targets in simple cell lines, to higher throughput investigations conducted using disease relevant iPSC models. Your work will be supported by interactions with colleagues that can provide the necessary supporting expertise in ALS, bioinformatics, genomics and iPSC models.


University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht)


  • You have PhD level experience in genome biology, molecular biology, neurobiology or a related scientific discipline.
  • Prior experience with genome editing technologies is essential.
  • Prior experience with high-throughput genome editing (CRISPR screens), CROP-seq, CRISPR based deletion scanning or base editors is highly valued but not essential.
  • Demonstrable experience with research involving DNA and RNA level regulatory elements and a background in basic neurobiology or iPSC models is valued but not essential.

Conditions of employment

The maximum salary for this position (36 - 36 hours) is € 5.292,00 gross per month based on full-time employment.

In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses and career opportunities. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).


The project will be performed within the department of Translational Neuroscience, at the UMC Utrecht Brain Center. The project supervisors, Kevin Kenna and Jeroen Pasterkamp, have extensive experience in ALS, human neurogenomics and iPSC-based in vitro models. You will also be embedded within the Dutch ALS centre, a world leading and highly multi-disciplinary unit dedicated to the advancement of ALS research.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Health
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • max. €5292 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 2023-4014


University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht)

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