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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Microbiology, genetics, transcriptional regulation, systems biology, infectious disease, microbial pathogenesis

Recruitment Period

Open January 9th, 2019 through Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced has also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

A postdoctoral position is available in the research group of Professor Clarissa Nobile in the areas of biology, microbiology, systems biology, microbial pathogenesis, genetics, genomics, and/or infectious disease with a focus on microbial community formation, such as biofilm formation, by fungal, bacterial, and/or archaeal microoorganisms, such as Candida species, Staphylococcal species, Methanobrevibacter species and others. The postdoctoral scholar will develop, lead, and participate in projects aimed at understanding features of microbial community formation at the molecular level.

A Ph.D. in Life Sciences (e.g. biology, microbiology or related science) is required. Applicants must have excellent writing and verbal communication skills and be able to supervise graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants must also be able to perform independent and team-oriented work. Practical research experience in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry is essential. Additional experience in one or more of the following subjects is desirable: microbial pathogenesis, mycology, computational biology, genetics, genomics and evolution is preferred.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae 3) a Statement of Research interests 4) a Statement of Contributions to Diversity and 5) list of 2 references. Please see below for additional reference requirements.

Scholars should arrange to have 2 letters of reference. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than 6/1/2019.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled with a final closing date of 6/1/2019.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

For more information, please contact Clarissa Nobile at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required

How to apply

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  2. Provide required information and documents
  3. If any, provide required reference information
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