Postdoctoral Position – Molecular Mechanisms, UFSCar, Brazil

FAPESP’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position for International Candidates

Postdoctoral Position – Molecular Mechanisms: The Department of Genetics and Evolution at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, UK, is seeking two Postdoctoral Fellows for a BBSRC-FAPESP funded research project. The project, led by Dr. Marcos R. Chiaratti, Dr. Patrick F. Chinnery, and Dr. Michal Minczuk, focuses on investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing the germ-line transmission of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variants.

Designation: Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Area: Molecular mechanisms shaping germ-line transmission of mtDNA variants

Location: Department of Genetics and Evolution, UFSCar, São Carlos, SP, Brazil


  • Ph.D. degree obtained no later than 7 years ago
  • Experience in developmental and/or germ cell biology
  • Advanced English proficiency

Job Description:

Postdoctoral Position – Molecular Mechanisms of Germ-Line Transmission in mtDNA Variants

The selected candidates will engage in multidisciplinary research, conducting experiments in mouse germ cell biology and mitochondrial genetics. Responsibilities include isolation and culture of mouse germ cells, in vitro fertilization, molecular cloning, microinjection, imaging by confocal/super-resolution microscopy, and molecular biology analyses using various techniques. The candidates will contribute to data analysis, presentations, and publications while maintaining detailed records of laboratory activities.

Desirable qualifications (not mandatory):

  • Experience with isolation and in vitro culture of mouse germ cells
  • Expertise in micromanipulation of oocytes and embryos
  • Familiarity with cell imaging by confocal/super-resolution microscopy
  • Proficiency in molecular techniques: cloning, digital PCR, pyrosequencing, next-generation sequencing
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics and statistics


  • Deadline: 18 February 2024
  • Interested candidates should email the following documents to, subject: “Application PD position”:
    • Letter of interest (up to 3 pages) describing experience and qualifications
    • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
    • Links to profiles on scientific platforms: Google Scholar, ResearchID, ORCID, Scopus, CV Lattes (if applicable)
    • At least one letter of recommendation

Additional Information:

  • FAPESP Post-Doctoral Fellowship: R$ 9,047.40 (BRL) per month (tax-free) for 24 months, extendable to 48 months.
  • Research Contingency Funds: 15% of the annual fellowship value for project-related activities.
  • Fellowship includes coverage for conference attendance, traveling, and moving to the new workplace.
  • Eligibility for Research Internships Abroad (BEPE) for up to 12 months.

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