Cell Biology and Neuroscience


Open Faculty Positions


Cluster hire to build a group in FOOD, BUGS, GUTS, BRAIN & BEHAVIOR:


The University of California at Riverside (UCR) is implementing a major expansion of our faculty and investing in state-of-the-art research facilities to support their work. This expansion will build critical mass in 34 vital and emerging fields of scholarship, foster truly cross-disciplinary work, and further diversify the faculty at one of America’s most diverse research universities. We encourage applications from scholars committed to excellence and seeking to help define the research university for the next generation.

For more information about our hiring initiative, please visit clusterhiring.ucr.edu or academicpersonnel.ucr.edu.

This announcement is for the FIRST of FOUR positions in a cluster hire of Food, Bugs, Guts, Brain & Behavior (FBGBB) that will explore the impact of gut bacteria on the gut-brain axis and build on UCR’s growing expertise in microbiology, the gut and neuroscience. There will be a total of TWO Gut Microbiologist positions (one junior, one senior) and TWO Molecular & Integrative Physiologist positions (one junior, one senior). This year, 2016-2017, we are recruiting for ONE Gut Microbiologist at any level (Assistant, Associate or Full).

The Gut Microbiologist applicants must have a PhD, MD or MD/PhD in a relevant field and at least three years of postdoctoral research experience. Their research will focus on gut-nervous system interactions, including the brain, the enteric nervous system and/or behavior with interests in the impact of diet (including pre- and pro-biotics) as well as bacteria and their metabolites on host systems, especially those involving the brain and the inflammatory system. They will use genomic (including microbiome), metabolomic and/or behavioral approaches as well as the traditional molecular, cell and transgenic approaches. Applicants with interest in translational approaches including synthetic biology and genetic engineering to study, detect, and/or improve gut microbiome and function are encouraged to apply.

The placement of the successful candidate may be in a department within the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) such as Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Plant Pathology & Microbiology, The Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) such as Bioengineering, or the School of Medicine Division of Biomedical Sciences, depending on the preferences of the candidate and interested host departments. Candidates are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program in one or more areas related to the gut-brain axis and demonstrate an interest in building and working with interdisciplinary research teams. For junior candidates, preference will be given to candidates who have experience in fellowship and/or grant writing.  For senior candidates, experience in obtaining external funding is required.

All candidates must be strongly committed to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and will have access to graduate students in a number of interdepartmental graduate programs including: Microbiology; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (CMDB); Neuroscience; Biomedical Sciences; Bioengineering; and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB). The candidates will be invited to join the Institute of Integrated Genome Biology (IIGB), which contains institutionally supported, state-of-the-art core facilities in genomics, proteomics, imaging and bioinformatics and is in the process of establishing a metabolomics core.

Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests complement those of existing faculty, especially those in the Host Microbiome group on campus. Successful candidates must also have the clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with and benefit a diverse student body.

The Riverside campus, situated in an historic citrus growing area in Southern California, is within driving distance of other UC campuses (UCLA, UCI, UCSD), research institutes and biotech industries. Riverside is surrounded by mountains and about an hour from ski slopes, surfing and hiking in mountains or deserts. It has affordable housing and daycare, including a fully accredited child care facility on campus.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Spousal/partner hiring is a possibility. 

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Advancement through the faculty 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.

To apply:  Application materials for the Assistant Professor position should be submitted through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00652. Senior applicants should apply through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00653.

Please provide a full curriculum vitae, a description of proposed research, and teaching philosophy.  Candidates applying for the Assistant Professor position will need to provide 3-5 letters of reference; individuals applying for positions above the Assistant level will be required to provide names and contact details for confidential references.  A statement addressing potential contribution to academic diversity must be included. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 28, 2016. Positions will remain open until filled.  Anticipated start date is July 1, 2017.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Open Postdoctoral Positions


Postdoc Positions in Systems Neuroscience

The Yang lab at the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California Riverside is seeking talented, highly-motivated candidates to fill 1-2 postdoc positions.

Our lab employs multi-disciplinary approaches, including state-of-the-art in vivo electrophysiology and calcium imaging, optogenetics, perceptual behavior, computational modeling and theory, to link cellular-level physiology to circuit dynamics and network analysis in behaving rodents. Our lab is currently interested in understanding how neuromodulators regulate cortical dynamics and animal’s behavior.

Ideal candidates should be highly motivated, have rigorous training in neuroscience, bioengineering, biophysics, or other related fields. Experience with electrophysiology or Matlab programming is a huge plus. Scientific creativity and interpersonal skills are also important as the successful candidates will work both independently and as part of a team.

Why you should join us?

Our lab is uniquely positioned to combine state-of-the-art recording and manipulation techniques with theoretic and computational approaches to discover something truly new.

Successful candidates will be working in a vibrant, dynamic and collaborative research environment. We welcome candidates with rigorous training in engineering and other fields of science to bring their expertise to our lab and study important and exciting neuroscience problems.

We are centrally located in the Southern California area and situated in a historic citrus growing area surrounded by mountain ranges. Riverside is an hour away from ski slopes, surfing, or hiking in mountain wilderness or desert environments, and housing in the area is very affordable. 

The ideal start date is before June 2017. Candidates interested in the positions please email us (recruit.yanglab@gmail.com), and should include a cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 references. For more information, please visit our website www.hyanglab.com


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.




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