Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology


Open Faculty Positions


Open Postdoctoral Positions


MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY - available immediately

NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are now available in Sarjeet Gill’s laboratory at the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside. The lab investigates the mechanism of action of mosquitocidal active bacterial proteins.  The current focus is in the expression of a novel bacterial toxin isolated from Clostridium and characterization its mechanisms.  Other projects involve elucidation of mechanisms of insect tolerance or resistance to mosquitocidal toxins derived from Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis. 

Applicants should have significant experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology.  Candidates should have a recent PhD in a biological science, and have a record of research productivity.   Applicants must be able to work in a group environment and be results-oriented.

To apply please send a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a detailed curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Sarjeet Gill, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (sarjeet.gill@ucr.edu).  The positions are available beginning July 1 2016 but review of application will begin immediately.


Developmental Biology and Environmental Toxicology

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the zur Nieden lab at the University of California Riverside to study how microRNAs tune early skeletal development. We have previously identified a powerful microRNA that enhances osteogenesis in vitro and now aim to analyze its role and that of its direct target in vivo using knockout and knock-in mice and genetic manipulation of Xenopus embryos. Similarly, we are interested in identifying how this and other microRNAs act to induce skeletal birth defects when embryos are exposed to environmental toxicants in utero.

The laboratory uses a combination of cellular (human ESCs, iPSCs, neural crest cells), molecular and genetic tools to understand how these microRNAs tune early differentiation - primarily that of the neural crest - to lay the foundation for proper craniofacial osteogenesis. For an overview of this and other projects in the lab please see our recent publications and the lab’s web page http://zurniedenlab.wix.com/ucrzurniedenlab.

Applications are invited from outstanding applicants with interests in neural crest, mesodermal or skeletal development and/or with an interest in stem cell biology and toxicology. Applicants are expected to work closely with collaborators Dr. Martin Garcia-Castro (University of California Riverside) and Dr. Bruce Blumberg (University of California Irvine) and in a team together with Graduate and undergraduate students.

Applicants should have a Ph.D and less than four years of postdoctoral experience. Knowledge in mouse breeding and husbandry, human embryonic stem cell culture and next generation sequencing is desirable. To apply send a curriculum vitae, bibliography and a cover letter with a brief description of research experience and the names of 3 references (with phone numbers) via e-mail to nicole.zurnieden@ucr.edu.

Open Project Scientist Positions


Assistant Project Scientist in Sensor Neurobiolgy

The Haga-Yamanaka lab in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology at the University of California, Riverside is recruiting for an Assistant Project Scientist who will work on research projects related to neural mechanisms controlling behavior through integration of external sensory signals and internal state in animal models, mice and fruit flies. A PhD in Neuroscience, and a strong background (i.e. multiple publications in top-tier journals in the field) in molecular and cellular neuroscience research in both mice and fruit flies, more specifically that of memory and olfactory systems, as well as experience and expertise in cell biology, molecular biology, CRISPR/cas9 transgenesis and mouse and fly behavior are required.

At least six years of postdoctoral training is required by the start date of the position. The successful candidate will also have over five years of experience in both mammalian and insect neuroscience research.

To Apply:  Application materials for this position should be submitted through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00919.  Please provide a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, a statement of research, a statement of contributions to diversity, and contact information for three confidential references.  Applications will be reviewed beginning June 25, 2018.  For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Sachiko Haga-Yamanaka, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology, University of California, Riverside, at sachiko.yamanaka@ucr.edu. For questions regarding the application process, contact Mary Stuart at mary.stuart@ucr.edu.

Advancement through the Project Scientist/non-Senate academic staff ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input. 


Research Assistant – Junior Specialist

A position of a research assistant within the Specialist series (Junior Specialist) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jernej Murn at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside. The research in the lab focuses on RNA biology and epigenetics in neurons and stem cells.

A strong candidate will have a BA or BS in biology or a related field and have some experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics. A successful applicant will conduct closely-supervised research and provide technical assistance. Competitive salary and benefits will be provided. The initial appointment will be for one or two years with a possible extension for a longer period.

The position is available starting immediately. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Murn by email (jernej.murn@ucr.edu).

For more information about the lab, please visit https://www.murnlab.info/.


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