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Postdoctoral Researcher 2021 (Starr Lab)

Application Window

Open date: April 13th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Aug 9, 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: Sunday, Oct 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

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for four Postdoctoral Researchers.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of up to four (4) fully funded Postdoctoral Researcher positions in the joint laboratory of Drs. Daniel Starr and G.W. Gant Luxton. The Starr/Luxton Lab is a part of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology within the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis. We are looking to recruit passionate scientists (Ph.D. and/or M.D. required) who will spearhead our NIH- and Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group-funded efforts to understand how the nucleus enables cells to sense and respond to physical forces through a process known as mechanotransduction, which is essential for cellular differentiation, division, migration, and survival.
The selected candidates will work at the interface of biomechanical engineering, physical cell biology, and developmental genetics to address the following questions: 1) How are linker of nucleoplasm and cytoplasm (LINC) complexes assembled in the nuclear envelope?; 2) How do LINC complexes influence the assembly of functional nucleoli within the nucleoplasm?; and 3) How do LINC complexes control the mechanical properties of cells and tissues? To do this, the candidates will use a powerful combination of advanced microscopy, C. elegans genetics, machine learning, novel high-throughput CRISPR-based genome-wide screens performed in mammalian tissue culture cells, small molecule biochemical screens, and synthetic biology. The specific project to be pursued will be developed jointly by the candidates and PIs upon hiring. Furthermore, the selected candidates will be responsible for the organization of their notes, data, and analyses, the presentation of their findings at weekly lab meetings, the execution of basic lab maintenance jobs, and the creation of a positive working environment.
Importantly, impaired LINC complex-dependent mechanotransduction underlies the pathogenesis of the following human diseases: cancer, cardiomyopathy, muscular dystrophy, and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, LINC complexes are required for the following basic cellular processes: DNA damage repair, meiotic chromosome pairing, migration, mitosis, and polarization. Therefore, a mechanistic understanding of mechanotransduction promises to advance multiple fields of cell biology as well as human health.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biophysics, cell biology, developmental biology, or a related field. In addition, applicants must have a proven track record of productivity with at least one first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Moreover, applicants will be proficient in one or more of the following areas: C. elegans developmental genetics, CRISPR-based genome engineering in mammalian tissue culture cells, in vitro biochemical assays, molecular manipulation of DNA (i.e. cloning), and quantitative imaging. They will also be proficient in the use of the following computer software: Ape or similar DNA-editing software; Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, and Word); and Prism or R. Most importantly, all applicants will be motivated to independently pursue and drive their project.

SALARY RANGE: $53,460-$64,008 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration applications should be received by May 15th, 2021.

Recruitment will remain open until filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: This one-year appointment is based on the needs of the research project. Appointment may be extended upon satisfactory performance.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link:

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04127

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research plan as a single PDF file. Applicants should also provide contact information for three references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For more information about the department, please visit the website: http://www.mcb.ucdavis.edu

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Daniel Starr (dastarr@ucdavis.edu) or Dr. GW Gant Luxton (ggluxton@ucdavis.edu). For examples of recently published research from the Starr/Luxton Lab, please visit:

https://starr.faculty.ucdavis.edu/ or https://luxton.faculty.ucdavis.edu/

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biophysics, cell biology, developmental biology, or a related field. In addition, applicants must have a proven track record of productivity with at least one first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Moreover, applicants will be proficient in one or more of the following areas: C. elegans developmental genetics, CRISPR-based genome engineering in mammalian tissue culture cells, in vitro biochemical assays, molecular manipulation of DNA (i.e. cloning), and quantitative imaging. They will also be proficient in the use of the following computer software: Ape or similar DNA-editing software; Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, and Word); and Prism or R. Most importantly, all applicants will be motivated to independently pursue and drive their project.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04127

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Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

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Job location

Davis, CA