Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of California Davis (UC Davis)

Davis, CA, United States

The Department of Molecular and Cellular
Biology, University of California, Davis invites applications for one
Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

The postdoctoral scholar will work on a project focused the molecular
mechanisms of microtubule-based transport by dynein and kinesin motor
proteins or other aspects of microtubule effector protein biology. The
McKenney lab utilizes in vitro reconstitution, single molecule TIRF
microscopy, biochemistry and cell biology, as a powerful combination to
dissect molecular functions of microtubule associated proteins. We have a
particular interest in the molecular mechanisms of molecular motor
function and how they relate to human diseases. The specific project to
be pursued will be developed jointly by the candidate and PI upon
hiring. Postdocs will be expected to be proficient in the molecular
cloning of DNA, recombinant protein production using a variety of
expression systems (bacteria, baculovirus, mammalian cells), and ability
to learn new techniques such as TIRF microscopy and microscopy image
analysis. Additional duties and responsibilities include impeccable
organization of notes, data, and analysis, presentation of data at
weekly lab meetings, and basic lab maintenance jobs. Please see recently
published research from the lab:

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics, cell
biology, neuroscience, or related field, and must have proven
productivity with at least one first author publication. In addition,
the applicant should be proficient in molecular biology and/or
biochemistry. The successful applicant will have experience with either
1) in vitro reconstitution using purified protein components and/or 2)
biochemistry paired with quantitative cell biology. Finally, the
applicant should be well versed in Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, a
plasmid software such as Ape, and a data analysis programs such as
Prism or R. The applicant should be attentive and reliable with various
modes of communication (email, texts, Slack), and will have the
motivation to pursue and drive a project independently. Candidates will
be expected to apply for independent funding.

SALARY RANGE: $50,760-$61,308 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration applications should be received by April 30th, 2019.

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

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

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

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Richard J. McKenney,

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