Postdoctoral fellowship and research assistant positions available in the laboratory of Tinghai Xu at Saint Louis University, USA

Scholarship: Fully funded
Degree: B.S./M.S./Ph.D
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

Dr Tinghai Xu graduated from the Shanghai Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017. Between 2014 and 2017, he completed his PhD as a visiting scholar in the group of EricXu (Huaqiang Xu) and Karsten Melcher at the Winanlo Institute, USA. After his PhD, he did postdoctoral research on DNA methylation in the group of Peter A. Jones, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. To date, he has published 19 research papers, including 9 first or co-authored papers, including Nuclear Acids Res. 2023, Nature 2020, Cell 2020, Cell Discov. 2016 and others, with a total of over 2000 citations.

Dr Tinghai Xu plans to join the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University ( as a tenure-track assistant professor and PhD advisor in autumn 2023 to establish an independent research group. The lab will be located in the Edwards School of Medicine at Saint Louis University. The lab will be located in the Edward A. Doisy Research Center at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The future group is dedicated to studying the intricate interactions between DNA methylation, histone modifications and chromatin remodelling and their profound impact on human disease by combining multidisciplinary approaches such as structural biology (in particular cryoelectron microscopy techniques) and cell biology techniques with the aim of deciphering these important epigenetic mechanisms and revealing their key role in the development of human disease. The team expects to gain a deeper understanding of the regulatory mechanisms of intracellular DNA methylation for the development of novel cancer therapeutics. In addition, the group is keen to explore the protein complexes that interact with chromatin and welcomes collaborations with other scientists.

Saint Louis University (SLU), founded in 1818, is a 200-year old, top 100 university in the United States, located in the first metropolitan area of St. Louis, Missouri. It is the oldest private Jesuit university west of the Mississippi River Valley. Ranked among the top research universities in the country and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 100 institutions in the United States, Saint Louis University has experience studying important international topics such as disease, medicine and the environment.

 Available Subjects:

  • Regulatory Mechanisms of Intracellular DNA Methylation for the Development of Novel Cancer Therapies.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The group is currently looking for postdoctoral and research assistants.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a background in cellular/molecular biology, structural biology and bioinformatics.
  • Postdoctoral positions are remunerated according to NIH standards, and research assistantships are remunerated according to the university’s salary scale.
  • Both positions will be upgraded each year and will have the benefit of standard health insurance provided by the university.
  • PhD students applying to SLU are also very welcome to come to our lab for internship rotations. For more information, please visit the lab’s website at

Application Procedure:

  1. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV and three or more references to [email protected].