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Post- Doctoral Scholar - Computational Biophysics/Biology

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 7th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Dutagaci Lab at the University of California Merced is looking for a postdoctoral scholar to work on biomolecular simulations, multi-scale model development and machine learning applications on biological systems. The research will focus on transcription at two angles: 1) studying dynamics and function of RNA polymerase II elongation complex, 2) spatial organization of RNA polymerase during transcription.

The successful candidate is expected to perform the following duties: 1. Performing research in computational biophysics in any of the projects mentioned above. 2. Communication of research in peer-reviewed journal articles. 3. Training and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students at Dutagaci Lab.

Requirements include: 1) PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, or related fields. 2) Basic knowledge of the Linux environment. 3) Experience in one or more programing languages such as Python, Perl, C, Fortran etc. 4) Experience in one or more Molecular Dynamics software such as CHARMM, OpenMM, NAMD, Gromacs etc. 5) Record of published peer-reviewed journal research articles.

Preferred Qualifications include: 1) Experience in machine learning and statistical analysis methods. 2) Graduate studies on computational biophysics or physical chemistry. 3) Experience in biomolecular simulations.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) 3 Letters of Recommendation (Contact information only), 4) a Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement.

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 .

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

For more information, please contact Professor Bercem Dutagaci at


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)