Postdoctoral Scholar in Cellular Mechanobiology and Engineering

University of California Berkeley College of Natural Resources

Postdoctoral Scholar - Cellular Mechanobiology and Engineering of active brown adipose tissue - Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology

Job #JPF03473
  • Nutritional Sci & Tox Dept / College of Natural Resources / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Postdoctoral Employee
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoc salary scale.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: Summer 2022
Position duration: Initial appointment is for 1 year with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: May 13th, 2022

Next review date: Friday, May 27, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Jul 16, 2022 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 Stahl Lab at UC Berkeley in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Cellular Mechanobiology and Engineering of active brown adipose tissue. The overarching goal of the Stahl laboratory is to advance human health by re-engineering lipid fluxes in the context of obesity-related disorders to protect certain tissues, such as the liver, from detrimental effects of ectopic lipid deposition and to generate metabolically highly active tissues that can serve as a save destination for excess fatty acids.
Using both in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo (mouse models) approaches the Postdoc will design, perform, and analyze experiments to determine the role of cellular mechanobiology signals, particularly those involving force generation by myosins, and the reciprocal relationship to extracellular matrix properties in adipocyte biology. Experiments will range from the quantitation of cellular tension by atomic force microscopy, to the synthesis and characterization of hydrogels, to cell biology, and the creation and maintenance of transgenic animal lines. The Postdoc will be expected to lead publication of results in peer reviewed journals and to contribute to the overall oversight of the Stahl lab.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date.
  • The candidate should have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.
Preferred qualifications

Demonstrated experience in:
• Microscopy applications including Atomic Force Microscopy
• Synthesis of synthetic matrixes, particularly hyaluronic acid based hydrogels
• Characterization of biophysical characteristic of hydrogels by plate rheometry
• Cell culture
• Maintenance of animal colonies
• Gene and protein expression analysis
• Molecular and cellular biology techniques particularly as they relate to the mitochondrial function
• Respiration assays (mitochondrial, cellular, whole body)
• Assessment of adipocyte function
•Fields of cellular mechanobiology biology and hydrogel synthesis

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, California