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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Molecular Cell Biology

Recruitment Period

Open January 24th, 2020 through Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Jensen Lab is seeking one highly motivated immunologist with preferred experience in host-pathogen interactions and is interested in exploring adaptive immunity to parasites. We are looking for team players that are excited about this topic and have excellent communication skills. Experience in molecular biology and immunology is required; experience in parasitology, genetics, RNA- or ATAC-sequencing and computational skills is a plus.

The minimum qualifications required for this position is to have a Ph.D. in a related discipline to immunology and/or host-pathogen interactions by the service start date. Candidates must currently or have been in a Ph.D. program in the related disciplines of immunology and/or host-pathogen interactions. Experience in molecular biology and immunology is required.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in parasitology, genetics, RNA- or ATAC-sequencing and computational skills. Preference will also be given to those who have recently completed their Ph.D. and is within their first year of postdoctoral service.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of 3 references, 4) 3 Letters of Recommendation, 5) a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.

*The contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. Guidance on what to include in a diversity statement may be found here.

Review of applications will begin on 2/5/2020; this search will be open until the position is filled with a final closing date of 12/31/2020.

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 is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

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For more information, please contact Kirk Jensen at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required