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We have open positions for talented and ambitious Associate Research Scientists, postdocs, and graduate students



The main goal of the Giraldez Laboratory is to understand the cellular and molecular signals that initiate embryonic development to uncover universal principles that direct the development of a new life.

A universal step in all animals is the maternal to zygotic transition, whereby the transcriptionally silent egg activates the new zygotic program and removes the old maternal program. This central step in animal development can be considered the beginning of life from a transcriptional standpoint, whereby subsequent developmental decisions will depend on the correct activation of the zygotic program and regulation of the previous maternal program.

The questions: How the vertebrate embryo activate the silent zygotic genome? How does the embryo regulate the previous developmental program? How do the building blocks in the genome, coding and non-coding elements, orchestrate these processes?

The approaches: We have a multidisciplinary infrastructure (wet/dry) that allows us to combine genomics, embryology, biochemistry and computational biology to leverage the powerful genetics in zebrafish to understand vertebrate development.


Please take a look through the listings below. If you are interested in joining our lab or need more information, please send Antonio an e-mail.

Associate Research Scientist

Job Description

The Giraldez laboratory at Yale University is seeking to recruit a highly qualified Associate Research Scientist as a long-term scientist in the laboratory. Prerequisites for appointment on the research scientist track include a doctoral degree and relevant postdoctoral experience.

The successful candidate will be a highly-motivated scientist with excellent organizational, mentoring and leadership skills. They will be responsible for coordinating the overall scientific operations of the Giraldez lab and will provide critical training and mentoring to individual lab members. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in multiple research projects and drive a scientific project aligned with the major interests of the laboratory. The successful candidate will have the following attributes:

· A doctoral degree and relevant postdoctoral experience

· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

· Solid publication record and the ability to drive long-term, successful research projects

· Expertise in one or more of the following: molecular biology, chromatin biology, developmental biology, genomics, and/or imaging

This appointment can be renewed indefinitely provided the need for the position continues, the funding for the position is available, and the expectations for performance are met.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position please prepare the following documents.

  1. One page cover letter describing motivation for the position, research experience, mentoring/managerial experience
  2. A biosketch or CV

Applications should be submitted by email to sarah.dube@yale.edu. Please include “Associate Research Scientist” in the subject of the email.

Postdoc: Computational Biologist

Our lab uses computational tools to model gene expression and translation. We are integrating data from multiple regulatory mechanisms that we have discovered in the lab, including microRNA regulation, RNA binding proteins activity, Translation, upstreamORF regulation, and codon mediated regulation.

Our research spans epigenetics, long non-coding RNAs, RNA-seq, structural RNA-seq, single-cell transcriptomics, ribosome profiling, iClip, gene networks and expression analysis

Several postdoctoral positions in computational biology are available for the following projects. Candidates would our team of four computational biologists in the lab working on the following projects:

  1. Modeling gene expression and translation in vivo by integrating regulatory inputs from transcription, and post-transcriptional regulation: miRNA, uORF, RNAbinding protein, stabilizing and destabilizing sequences and codon optimality
  2. The regulatory motifs and the RNA binding proteins that control translation, transcription and mRNA decay during development
  3. RNA structure in vivo combining high throughput sequencing and genetics in vertebrate model systems
  4. Epigenetic regulation during embryonic development

The Giraldez laboratory provides an integrated environment for computational biologists and experimental biologists to develop these projects.

Applicants must have a strong background in bioinformatics, machine learning, sequence analysis, statistics and programming. Candidates will join a group of four computational biologists in the Giraldez laboratory.

Postdoc: Chromatin Biologist

Research Area: Epigenetics, Chromatin modifications, DNA methylation

Project title: Study of the epigenetic changes during the maternal to zygotic transition

Description of project: A postdoctoral position is available to identify the mechanisms that regulate gene expression during the maternal to zygotic transition, with a focus on epigenetic regulation. This project combines epigenetics, computational and developmental biology approaches.

Applicants must have a strong background in molecular biology and chromatin biology.

Postdoc: Developmental Biologist

Research Area: The maternal to zygotic transition

Project title: Regulatory networks that control early embryonic development, maternal mRNA decay and zygotic genome activation

Description of project: A postdoctoral position is available to understand the regulatory interactions that control maternal mRNA decay and zygotic genome activation using CRISPR-Cas9 genetic screening

Applicants must have a strong background in genetics and developmental biology using a model system.


Graduate Student Projects

The Giraldez Lab is part of the Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS). Interested students should read through the following rotation project descriptions and send Antonio an e-mail to arrange a meeting.

Genome activation: We have recently identified nanog, oct4 and soxB1 as three factors required to activate the zygotic genome. In this project, we aim to gain mechanistic insights on how these factors establish a competent genome. We will use biochemical approaches (pull down and mass spectrometry) to identify the factors that are recruited by nanog, oct4 and soxB1, and genetic tools (crispr-cas9 loss of function, Chip-seq) to investigate their function in genome activation and development.
Translation regulation Using ribosome footprinting, we are for the first time able to study how translation is regulated genome wide. This computational project will investigate how translation efficiency changes across development, with the goal of defining co-regulated transcripts and identifying common sequence and structural elements that mediate regulation.
RNA structure in the transcriptome: Using high-throughput sequencing tools, we have developed methods to visualize the RNA structure in vivo. This project will investigate how the structure of the transcriptome changes across development and how it influences mRNA turn over and translation, with the goal of defining novel structural elements that regulate gene expression.
Micropeptides in development: Using ribosome foot printing, we have identified a large number of long-noncoding RNAs that encode micropeptides that are conserved and translated during embryogenesis. Using crispr/cas9 mediated mutagenesis and immunoprecipitation in vivo, we will investigate the function of these micropeptides in development, with the goal of identifying new signaling molecules.
Genetic screening: We are developing a genetic screen to define the factors that initiate vertebrate development. We have identified a set of chromatin remodelers, RNA binding proteins, transcription factors and genes of unknown function that are strongly translated in the early embryo. Using novel approaches developed in our lab, our goal is to identify their function in vivo.