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Associate Specialist in Protein Biophysics and Biotechnology

Recruitment Period

Open March 13th, 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 Associate Specialist position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Eva de Alba to support research associated with ongoing projects involving the structural and functional characterization of proteins and their assemblies, and the study of their potential biotechnological applications. Specifically, the Associate Specialist is expected to perform protein expression and purification as well as biophysical and biochemical/biophysical studies with the different techniques, that might include NMR, fluorescence anisotropy, Electron Microscopy. The Associate Specialist will also play an important role in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics or a related field, although a Ph.D. in these fields is desirable. Applicants should also have experience in one or more of the following: single molecule techniques, optical traps, protein NMR and/or TEM, fluorescence spectroscopy, and experience in cloning, protein expression and purification. The successful candidate will have at least 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 06/30/2019. 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

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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