Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular Genetics, Protein, and Biophysical Research

University of California Santa Barbara

Postdoctoral Scholar in molecular genetics, protein, and biophysical research

Job #JPF01827
  • Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor - Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 5th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Nov 30, 2020 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.


The Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is actively seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct research in innovative molecular genetics and biophysical research on protein

The Protein Postdoctoral Scholar incumbent's research pursuits will build upon Professor Dan Morse's recent investigations of mechanisms governing dynamically tunable protein assembly (cf. J. Biol. Chem.
294: 16804-16815 (2019) doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.010339; J. Biol. Chem. 291: 4058-4068 (2016)
doi: 10.1074/jbc.M115.686014), with extensions to amyloid or other proteins. The position is due to begin in Fall 2020 for initially 1 year, with possibility of further extension.

Job Responsibilities:
The appointment to this position will provide a full-time training program of advanced academic preparation and research training under the mentorship of Professor Dan Morse. It is expected that the postdoctoral scholar will work closely with other junior and senior Morse lab researchers on innovative molecular genetics and biophysical research. Additional responsibilities include contributions to scholarly publications, overseeing laboratory and safety protocols, and mentoring of junior colleagues.

Basic qualifications
At the time of application, candidates must hold a Ph.D. or be enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent international program.

Additional qualifications
PhD in molecular, cellular, or developmental biology, genetics, or closely related discipline(s) by time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications
Demonstrable expertise in relevant molecular genetics and/or biophysics of proteins.

To apply, please submit an application and the following to

1) Updated CV
2) Cover letter (statement of interest)
3) 1-3 writing samples (scholarly work examples)
4) References (contact information, at least 3 required)

Primary consideration deadline for receiving applications is August 24, 2020 though applications will be accepted after this date. The tentative start date for the position is approximately October 1, 2020, subject to change due to COVID-19 related impacts on research and campus activity (earlier start date also possible).

The Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies*is an Army-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The ICB is a uniquely interdisciplinary research alliance led by the University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology and partners from the Army and industry.

ICB research is driven by more than 50 premier faculty working together with graduate students, project scientists, specialists, and other professional researchers as interdisciplinary teams of biologists, chemists, physicists, psychologists, physicians, social scientists, and engineers. These teams develop biologically inspired, revolutionary technological innovations in systems and synthetic biology, materials science and engineering, biotechnology tools and cognitive neuroscience.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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

  • Cover Letter - Statement of interest in position

  • 1-3 Writing Samples - Representative examples of scholarly work

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)