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RTI Job Opportunities

  • Current Career Opportunities at the RTI:

    • Tenure-Track Faculty Position
      The RNA Therapeutics Institute (RTI) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position. Successful candidates will conduct innovative research to understand normal physiology and development, probe disease mechanisms, or develop novel diagnostics or therapies. Candidates need not necessarily conduct research directly focused on RNA biology or development of RNA therapeutics, but should indicate how their research will synergize with ongoing research within the RTI and the greater UMass Medical School community.

      Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) genetics, biochemistry, and biophysics in model and non-model organisms, (2) human genetics and pathophysiology, (3) structural biology, (4) chemical biology, and (4) use of nucleic acids for diagnosis or therapy. Physician scientists, synthetic chemists, materials scientists, computational researchers, bioengineers, geneticists, cell and molecular biologists, biochemists, and biophysicists are all encouraged to apply. Also desired are scientists with significant industrial experience who wish to return to academia.

      The RTI is housed in a state-of-the-art research building, and is central to a campus-wide interdisciplinary initiative in RNA therapeutics and gene therapy designed to facilitate collaboration among basic scientists, preclinical investigators, and clinicians. As a recipient of a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH, UMass Medical School seeks to build an environment in which basic, applied, and clinical researchers collaborate to inform our understanding of human disease and accelerate development of novel diagnostics and therapies.

      Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page description of your current research, two-page description of future research plans, and contact information for three references to Do not include citations or other potentially self-identifying information in the research description or future plans. Applications will be reviewed expeditiously, with interviews commencing in January. Inquiries (but not application materials) may be directed to Tiffanie Gardner at Applications at the Assistant, Associate and Full Professor levels will be considered. The position will remain open until filled.

    • Research Associate Positions
      The Research Associate I will work in the Nucleic Acid Chemistry Core in the RNA Therapeutics Institute (RTI), an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment that offers oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis and purification services and assists researchers in the purification and identification of small molecules. Equipment used in the Nucleic Acid Chemistry Core includes a solid phase oligonucleotide synthesizer, solid phase peptide synthesizer, Agilent HPLC System, and HPLC-mass spectrometer.  Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Associate I will perform a variety of complex research experiments.
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    • Postdoctoral Candidate
      The Pai lab at UMass Medical School is seeking a postdoctoral candidate in the field of RNA biology and functional genomics with relevant experience in experimental and/or computational biology. Our research combines high-dimensional computational analyses with state-of-the-art genetic, molecular, and cellular genomic techniques to probe the molecular mechanisms of RNA maturation (including transcription, splicing, and 3’ end processing). We specifically focus on characterizing the kinetics of RNA processing steps to understand the overall speed and efficiency at which RNA molecules are created and processed to ensure proper cellular functions.  Ideal applicants will have a strong background in RNA biology, functional genomics, systems biology, or computational biology/bioinformatics. We desire a candidate with both experimental and computational skills, but encourage applications from scientists motivated to expand their skillset to include both approaches. Applicants must be self-motivated, creative, and able to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.  For the complete position description, go to:

      To apply for this position please email the following: curriculum vitae, including complete list of publications and pre-prints, contact information for three references, summary of your present research (1 page max) and an outline of your future research interests (1 page max) to Dr. Athma Pai.  For more information about the Pai lab please visit  

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