Researcher in Biological Science

University of California Davis

Researcher in Biological Science

Job #JPF06284

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment.
See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid
Direct, Fiscal Year.
The salary range for this position is $64,480-$77,327.
“Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: January 24, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Feb 12, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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 Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for one Postdoctoral Researcher in biochemistry and structural biology.

A postdoctoral scholar position is available immediately in the biochemistry and structural biology lab of Dr. Jennifer Cash in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Davis. The successful candidate will lead independent research projects focused on understanding regulation of RhoGEF signaling using cryo-EM as a major approach. Projects will include expressing and purifying proteins and performing biochemical, biophysical, and cell-based assays and experiments. The Cash lab is an inclusive environment where emphasis is placed on learning, training, and mentorship. Mentees have the opportunity to direct their own projects with as much or as little guidance as needed for success, with the goal of the mentee becoming mostly independent over time.
UC Davis has a large, interactive group of structural biologists with expertise in crystallography, cryo-EM, and NMR. Onsite equipment and facilities that support these techniques include a Glacios electron microscope and a GP2 plunge freezing device within our BioEM core facility ( To learn more about the Cash Lab, please visit: For more information about the Department of MCB, please visit:


Research (90%)
• Design and carry out experiments using techniques including mammalian cell culture, protein purification, and cryo-EM.
• Collect, analyze, and present data in group meetings and at external conferences.
• Maintain detailed experimental records and notes.
• Work with the Principal Investigator to prepare high-quality peer-reviewed manuscripts and grant submissions to pursue funding opportunities.
• Provide peer review and feedback on manuscripts and grants.

Lab management (10%)
• Maintain lab stocks and databases.
• Contribute to lab maintenance and organization.
• Provide technical support and mentoring for junior researchers.

SALARY RANGE: $64,480 - $77,327, commensurate with experience.

CLOSING DATE: For full consideration applications should be received by February 12, 2024.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Initial appointment will be 100% (full time) for one-year, with renewal depending on performance.

TO APPLY: Qualified applicants should upload a cover letter, a research statement describing their research experience and skills, and a curriculum vitae. Documents must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for three references who will provide letters of recommendation.

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QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Jennifer Cash,


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Graduate degree (PhD or equivalent) in biochemistry or structural biology with demonstrated expertise in biochemistry. Candidate must have experience in protein expression and purification. Candidate also must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive and document reagents and data for publications, grant proposals, and presentations. Solid organizational skills are a must. Prior experiences in tissue culture, structural biology, and/or lipid biology are a plus. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills and the ability to work well both independently and as a part of a team.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

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

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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