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Postdoctoral Researcher (Zebra Fish)- Dennis Lab

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year The salary range for this position is $64,480-$77,327. Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are
offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: October 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 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: Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 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 Dennis Lab at UC Davis seeks a highly motivated and independent individual interested in pursuing a career in functional genomics and developmental biology. Dr. Dennis’s research focuses on the role of complex genomic variation in human traits and disease. The postdoctoral scholar(s) who secures this position will characterize human gene duplications important in neurodevelopment using zebrafish as a model system.

The successful applicant will be responsible for characterizing gene expression and function of human duplicated genes recently discovered from a complete human telomere-to-telomere genome. They will lead a project to perform mid-throughout functional genomics via CRISPR mutagenesis and single-cell transcriptomics of high-priority candidate genes using zebrafish larvae. The applicant will work closely with a team in the Dennis lab, as well as collaborators in the Quon and Jao labs at UC Davis. They will have the opportunity to attend workshops or courses aimed at advancing their existing analytical skills as required by ongoing and future research projects, mentor students, and to participate in the preparation and writing of manuscripts and grants.

UC Davis is a vibrant academic environment and offers multiple opportunities for attending seminars and interacting with other groups that are interested in genetics, functional genomics, and human traits and conditions.

Applications from individuals with a background in studying organisms other than human are equally encouraged. Appreciation and respect for human diversity is a must.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD in the area of Biology, Genetics/Genomics, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or Biomedical Engineering.
• Experience in manipulating large-scale genomic data and efficient utilization of computer clusters.
• Demonstrated knowledge of research in genomics, genetics, or functional genomics using human or model systems.
• Experience in microscopy to characterize development.
• Familiarity and working knowledge of standard bioinformatics tools, such as R or Python, packages, algorithms, and databases for the analysis of genetics data.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
• Highly motivated and committed to research.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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 for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Davis, Ca