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Postdoctoral Scholar in Biochemistry and Structural Biology of Inflammation

Recruitment Period

Open March 8th, 2019 through Sunday, Jun 30, 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 is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

A full-time postdoctoral research position is available in Dr. Eva de Alba Bioengineering lab to investigate the molecular bases of inflammation and potential biotechnological applications. The research involves biochemical, functional and structural studies of inflammatory components using single molecule techniques (optical traps), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR), Transmission Electron Microcopy (TEM), Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

Specifically, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to carry out research involving protein expression and purification, biophysical and biochemical studies with the techniques mentioned above, implement and develop research ideas on biotechnological applications with guidance of the PI, write research articles with the PI aimed at disseminating the obtained results from the research performed in the de Alba lab and play an important role in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Biophysics or a related field. Experience in one of more of the following: single molecule techniques, optical traps, NMR and/or TEM, fluorescence spectroscopy. Experience in cloning, protein expression and purification is also desirable. The successful candidate will have at least 1-2 first author peer-reviewed research papers.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter indicating research interests, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

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. Review of applications will begin immediately; Position is open until filled with a final closing date of 6/30/2019. Starting dates are negotiable.

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 Dr. Eva de Alba at


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

  • Cover Letter

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