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Postdoctoral research position: Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity and Insulin Resistance in Humans, Dept of ETOX at UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: February 19th, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

A postdoctoral scholar position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Michele A. La Merrill in the Environmental Toxicology department at the University of California at Davis The multi-disciplinary translational research project investigates the role of gene x environment interactions underlying the regulation of gene expression in biopsied human adipose tissue and primary human adipocytes. This area of our research is currently supported by NIH grants to mechanistically evaluate the causes and treatment of obesity and insulin resistance in humans.

The scholar will utilize cell and molecular biology techniques such as gene editing to complete this research. While collaborators are positioned to handle library preparations and the analysis of next generation sequencing integrated with the metabolome and exposome, opportunities for genomics research are also an option in this position.

• Designing experiments
• Collecting and analyzing data
• Preparing manuscripts
• Presenting research at conferences
• Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students with the PI, collaborators, and lab personnel.

A PhD in a biological science such as genetics, molecular or cell biology, toxicology or related disciplines is by the start of appointment required. Highly motivated candidates should have or be very close to obtaining a PhD, or have less than four years of Postdoctoral experience.

The ideal candidate will have research experience in cell biology and molecular biology including gene editing approaches. The candidate should have a record of creativity and scientific productivity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications including at least one first-author publication. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interpersonal and collaborative skills are also essential requirements for this position.

Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and are commensurate with applicant experience. As reference, salary for a 1st year Postdoc is $54,540 with full benefits. Benefits for postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis include health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, as well as an employer-contributed retirement plan.


The appointment is 100% for one-year. There is a possibility for renewal depending on performance as funding is available to support this position over multiple years.

Applications will be reviewed until the search is closed.

● To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. CV inclusive of publications, awards, and both laboratory and computer skills
  2. 3-5 references
  3. A brief statement of your research qualifications and motivations for this position

Applications will begin being reviewed on March 8, 2021.

Informal inquiries are also encouraged, and additional project details are available upon request. For further information about the position, contact Dr. Michele La Merrill [] with "Molecular mechanisms of obesity and insulin resistance in humans" in the subject.

The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity. Davis is an affordable small city in Northern California located between the mountains and the coast that was recently featured in the NY Times ( for providing free testing through our Genome Center, masks and quarantine housing for the whole community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: []

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including publications and awards.

  • Statement of Research - A brief statement of your research qualifications and motivations for this position.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Davis, CA