Bioinformatics: RNA processing

Univ. of Maryland
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
United States Maryland College Park


A senior bioinformatician position is available immediately to work with Dr. Stephen M. Mount and collaborators (Drs. Heidi Fisher, Kan Cao and Zhongchi Liu) at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Research in the Mount laboratory is focused on describing how RNA processing produces accurate, variant and defective RNA isoforms from protein-coding genes. In practice, this means mining high throughput RNA-seq data for biological insights using computational tools.

The candidate is expected to work closely with Dr. Mount to implement pipelines for the discovery of biological insights in diverse RNA-seq data sets. This will primarily mean a study of RNA-seq data from HIV-infected cells with the goal of better understanding HIV splicing.
Additional collaborative projects may include premature aging, behavior-dependent mouse brains and testes, cancer, fruit development and fern male gametophyte maturation.

The successful candidate will receive training and direction on key projects. The successful candidate will be expected and encouraged to co-author publications and to present their work at national and international meetings. Their professional development will be supported


A strong background in bioinformatics is essential. This should include a PhD and should be documented by publications in genetics or genomics.
Programming skills in R and python and experience with large biological data sets are critical.
Significant biological knowledge is essential. Experience with, and knowledge of, RNA processing is a plus.
The ideal candidate will be motivated, capable of academic writing and able to work well as a collaborator.

Start date

As soon as possible

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their CV, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Steve Mount at


Stephen M. Mount