Open Positions

Open Positions

Given the nature of our interdisciplinary research we tend to maintain a lab with ~20 members. In such an environment, those graduate students and postdocs who excel are self-driven and willing to engage in rigorous peer-to-peer training. We also welcome applications from student and fellow candidates with explicit interests in dual-lab membership. At UTSW we have longstanding collaborations with the Fiolka lab and the Schmid lab in Cell Biology, and nascent collaborations with the Shay lab in Cell Biology and the Amatruda lab in Pediatrics. Other, applicant-initiated collaboration arrangements are possible as well.

While the lab is well-funded, the application for fellowships and other forms of independent funding is a mandatory part of the mentorship offered by Gaudenz Danuser, both at the graduate student and postdoctoral fellow levels. As members of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics, fellows with independent funding receive significant financial incentives. We also welcome candidates for postdoctoral trainee positions with relevant industrial experience. Limited financial resources are available to fill some of the compensation gap between academic and private sector research positions.

The lab is fully equipped for state-of-the-art molecular cell biology, microscopy, and computer science research. We are supported by highly professional staff members and project managers, who offer trainees unique expertise in bench and desk work and who ensure a longitudinal transfer of lab know-how.


Currently …

… we look for applications by:

  • for computer scientists/electrical engineers with expertise and interests in 3D image analysis and computer graphics
  • for computer scientists/electrical engineers with expertise and interests in machine learning 
  • for a molecular biology leader (see below)

Molecular biology leader

Our lab is seeking a highly motivated molecular biologist for a unique position operating at the cutting edge of molecular cell biology and especially genome editing. The ability to modify native genes in cells and ultimately organisms creates incredible opportunities for both research and therapeutics; however, we are only at the early stages of understanding how to optimize genome editing technologies and new approaches are reported regularly. To effectively employ the most current forms of genome editing therefore requires a highly dedicated individual with an interest in scholarship and application of molecular biology and cell biology techniques. The position offers the ideal candidate the opportunity to master the highly desired experimental skills that will prepare them for a career in biotechnology while providing technical support that will be critical for diverse and collaborative scientific research teams across UT Southwestern. 

Our lab fosters a “team science” culture – we work together on everything. As such, the successful candidate will be part of a team of technical experts, and the position presents the opportunity for leadership experience. The successful candidate will be responsible for staying up to date on current genome editing techniques, designing experiments to evaluate different techniques in our experimental systems, communicating the most effective approaches to colleagues, and creating genome edited cell lines for various projects in the lab, including the role of cell morphology and the cytoskeleton in the signaling of metastatic cancer cells. 

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Where our trainees go …


Name and SpecialtyFirst Position After Training
Xiao Ma
Mechanical Engineering
New York University, New York (Assistant Professor, Bioengineering)
Maria Bagonis
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Postdoctoral Researcher, Computer Science & Psychiatry)
Kevin Dean
Chemistry (NIH F32 awardee)
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas (Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology)
Assaf Zaritzky
Computer Science
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel (Assistant Professor, Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering)
Zhengwen Zhang
Southern Methodist University, Dallas (Master's program in computer science)
Zhuo Gan
Censeo Health, Dallas (Data Analyst)
Sangyoon Han
Mechanical Engineering
Michigan Tech University, Houghton, Michigan (Assistant Professor for Biomedical Engineering)
Claudia Schaefer
Cell Biology
MIT/Koch Institute for Cancer Research, Boston, Massachusetts (Research Associate)
Liya Ding
Computer Science
Allen Institute for Cell Science, Seattle, Washington (Research Associate)
Marco Vilela
Applied Mathematics (NIH F32 awardee)
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (Research Faculty)
Deepak Chitajallu
Computer Science
Kitware Inc. Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Staff Scientist)
Francois Aguet
Computer Science (SNSF awardee)
Broad Institute, Boston, Massachusetts (Staff Scientist)
Alexis Lomakin
Cell Biology
King's College London, London, UK (King's Prize Fellow and Group Leader)
Nancy Costigliola
Cell Biology
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (second postdoc with Tim Mitchison)
Kwonmoo Lee
Physics and Biochemistry (NIH F32 awardee)
Worcester Polytechnical Institute, Massachusetts (Assistant Professor in Bioengineering)
Michelle Mendoza
Cell Biology (NIH K25 awardee, joint postdoc with John Blenis)
UC San Francisco, California (Assistant Professor in Cell Biology)
Laura-Anne Lowery
Developmental Biology (NIH K99/R00 awardee, joint postdoc with Davie Van Vactor)
Boston College, Massachusetts (Assistant Professor in Cell Biology)
Uli Schmid
Biophysics (DFG awardee)
TWT Science and Innovation, Stuttgart, Germany (Research Project Manager)
Sylvain Berlemont
Computer Science
Founder & CEO, Keen Eye Technologies, Paris, France
Allen Liu
Biophysics (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fellowship, NIH K99/R00 awardee, joint postdoc with Sandra Schmid)
U. Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering)
Achim Besser
Biophysics (DFG awardee)
BASF Research, Ludwigshafen, Germany (Research Group Leader)
Christian Dittrich
Chemistry (Novartis Research Foundation fellowship)
Merck Millipore, Schaffhausen, CH (Project Manager)
Andrea Bacconi
Cell Biology (SNSF awardee)
TSRI, La Jolla, California (Second postdoc with Velia Fowler)
Mohsen Sabouri
TSRI, La Jolla, California (Staff Scientist)
Khuloud Jaqaman
Physics (Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellow)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (Assistant Professor in Biophysics)
Shann-Ching Chen
Computer Science
Institute for Computational Health Sciences, UC San Francisco, California (Staff Scientist)
Dinah Loerke
University of Denver, Colorado (Assistant Professor in Physics)
Ge Yang
Applied Mathematics
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Assistant Professor in Bioengineering)
Lin Ji
Applied Mathematics
Einstein College of Medicine, New York City. (Assistant Professor in Cell Biology)
Matthias Machacek
Mechanical Engineering (SNSF awardee, Novartis Research Foundation awardee)
Novartis AG, Basel, CH
Pascal Vallotton
CSIRO, Sydney, Australia (Lab Head)
Gabor Csucs
Light Microscopy Center, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Director)

Graduate students

Name and SpecialtyFirst Position After Training
Ashwathi (Abbee) Mohan
Cancer Biology
Medical student, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Youbean Oak
Molecular Biology
Simon-Kucher & Partners Consulting, Boston, Massachusetts
Pei-hsin Hsu
Mathematics and Molecular Biology
Postdoctoral fellow in Angelika Amon’s lab, HHMI/MIT, Boston, Massachusetts
Daniel Nunez
Bioengineering (NIH F31 awardee)
Postdoctoral fellow. U. Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hunter Elliott
Harvard Medical School, Director Image Data Analysis Core Facility, Boston, Massachusetts
James Lin
Cell Biology
Founder and CTO of XCell Biosciences. South San Francisco, California
Kathryn Applegate
Bioinformatics (NSF fellow)
BioLogos Forum (Program Director)
Alexandre Matov
Electrical Engineering
Postdoctoral Fellow in Torsten Wittmann lab, UC San Francisco, California
Jonas Dorn
Biophysics (Roche Research Foundation awardee)
Postdoctoral fellow in Paul Maddox’s lab, IRIC, Montreal, Canada
Toru Fischbach
Synthes, Solothurn, Switzerland
Aaron Ponti
Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland (Staff Scientist)
Claude Berney
Johnson & Johnson Inc., Ostermundigen, Switzerland (Product Manager)
Dominik Thomann
X-Rite, Regensdorf, Switzerland (Research Engineer)