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Interested in a position in the department of Biochemistry? See below for our open job opportunities. Open job opportunities include: faculty positions, postdoctoral positions, and other research positions.
 
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Faculty Positions

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Research Positions

Junior Research Specialist for improving detection limits of qPCR

Posted: 11/3/2021

Are you interested in improving the detection limits for pathogens? Quantitative PCR is the gold-standard for the detection of pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Your challenge is to improve the detection and quantification limits of qPCR, using plant pathogens as a model. At the University of California, Riverside, Dr. Gregor Blaha is looking for a self-motivated candidate to start immediately for a position that is funded for at least 2.5 years. You must have legal clearance to work in the US (project timeline mandates immediate start).

Your duties will include optimizing currently established protocols and establishing the reliability and reproducibility of your optimized pathogen detection. The pathogens whose detection you are improving cause significant economic damage in the citrus, apple, and grape industries. You will collaborate with scientists at the Davis Foundation Plant Services at UC Davis, and the Citrus Clonal Protection Program at UC Riverside.

Other duties in addition to your research are maintaining equipment, ordering supplies, ensuring compliance with safety and reporting requirements, mentoring students, and performing other laboratory related duties as required. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Gregor Blaha (gregor.blaha@ucr.edu).

Required qualification for this position is a master’s degree with relevant research experience. Preferred qualifications are hands-on experience in quantitative PCR and in the statistical analysis of its results. Ideally, you also have experience in isolating nucleic acids from plant matter.

To Apply:  Email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current, professional references to Dr. Gregor Blaha (gregor.blaha@ucr.edu). Review of applications will commence on November 15, 2021 and proceed until the position is filled.

Advancement through the Specialist 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.

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.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy: As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

Junior specialist in stem cells and epigenetics

Posted: 4/21/2021

A position of a research assistant within the Specialist series (Junior Specialist) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Sihem Cheloufi at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside. Research in the laboratory focuses on epigenetic regulation of cellular plasticity in the context of cancer and regenerative medicine. For more information, please visit https://www.cheloufilab.org/. Applicants with a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and cell biology are encouraged to apply. Prior experience in RNA and chromatin biology is desirable. For more background information, please visit the cheloufilab.org. Interested applicants should send their CV and contact information for three referees to cheloufi@ucr.edu. A successful applicant will conduct closely supervised research and provide technical assistance to the lab. Competitive salary and benefits will be provided. Advancement through the Specialist 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. The position is available starting immediately. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Cheloufi by email: cheloufi@ucr.edu.         

UCR is an EEO/AA/ADA/Vets Employer. 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.                                                       

Postdoctoral Positions

 

Postdoctoral Scholar to improve the detection and quantification limits of qPCR

Posted: 11/3/2021

A postdoctoral scholar position is available starting immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Gregor Blaha at the University of California, Riverside, CA. Applicants must already be able to work legally in the US (project timeline mandates immediate start).

As a scholar, you will improve the detection and quantification limits of qPCR using plant pathogens as a model. The pathogens you will work on cause significant economic damage in the citrus, apple, and grape industries. For the deployment of your assays in these industries, you will also establish reliability and reproducibility of your assays. To this end, you will be collaborating with scientists at the Davis Foundation Plant Services (FPS) at UC Davis, and the Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) at UC Riverside.

In addition to managing your research, your responsibilities will include, ensuring compliance with reporting requirements, mentoring students, and developing manuscripts and presentations. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Gregor Blaha (gregor.blaha@ucr.edu).

Required qualification for this position is a PhD degree in life sciences or a related field, which has been awarded no more than 2 years ago.

Preferred qualifications include hands-on experience with quantitative PCR and statistical analysis of its results. Ideally, the applicant also has research experience in isolating nucleic acids from plant matter.

To Apply:  Applicants should email a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, and contact information for three current, professional references to Dr. Gregor Blaha (gregor.blaha@ucr.edu). The review of applications will commence on November 15, 2021 and will proceed until the position is filled.

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.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy: As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

Postdoctoral Positions in RNA and Chromatin Biology 

Cheloufi Laboratory

Posted: 8/27/2021

Postdoctoral positions in RNA and Chromatin biology are available immediately in the Cheloufi lab at the University of California, Riverside. A successful applicant will have a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology. Prior experience in RNA, chromatin and computational biology is desirable.

Interested applicants should send their CV and contact information of three referees to cheloufi@ucr.edu

 

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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.  EEO/AA/ADA/Vets Employer

 

Postdoctoral Position - RNA biology

Murn Laboratory

Posted: 7/12/2021

We are looking for a talented and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to work on RNA biology in mammalian cells.

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The position is in the laboratory of Dr. Jernej Murn in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside. A successful applicant will have a strong background in biochemistry and molecular biology. Prior training in RNA biology and bioinformatics is desirable. For more information about the lab, please visit https://www.murnlab.info/.

The position is available starting immediately. Interested applicants should send their CV and contact information of three referees to Dr. Murn at jernej.murn@ucr.edu.

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. EEO/AA/ADA/Vets Employer

Postdoctoral Scholar in Small RNA Biology and Epigenetics

Ninova Laboratory

Posted: 6/1/2021

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of California invites applicants for one fulltime postdoctoral scholar to conduct applied research for the Ninova Lab in Riverside, CA. The research in the Ninova Lab is focused in the broad areas of small RNAs and epigenetics, with a particular emphasis on the molecular mechanisms that govern gene and transposon silencing through heterochromatin formation in animal germ cells and development. The projects employ a combination of classic approaches and “omics” technologies, and as such provide the opportunity for training and experience in both experimental biology and bioinformatics. The final candidate will design and perform experiments, analyze data, prepare figures and manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals under the mentorship of Dr. Ninova.

Required qualifications for this position that must be met by the date of application include: near completion or have completed a PhD program in the following or related disciplines: molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, bioinformatics, and have either substantial hands-on experience with standard biochemistry and molecular biology techniques (such as PCR, Western blotting, protein purification, cloning, etc.), and cell culture.

Preferred qualifications for this position include: Experience with Drosophila; experience in computational analysis of sequencing data and comparative genomics.

Additional qualifications for this position that must be completed by the date of hire include: doctoral degree.

To apply: submit a short paragraph describing your scientific interests and motivations, resume/CV, contacts of three referees, and if available - an example publication (preprint is fine) reflecting prior work to ninova@caltech.edu. Review of applications will commence on June 1 st 2021, and proceed until position is filled.

For more information about this position, please visit www.ninovalab.org.

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. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

 


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