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Postdoctoral Scholar in Biochemistry

Application Window

Open date: March 19th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Apr 5, 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: Friday, Oct 29, 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.

Position description

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 (

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in a biochemistry research lab at the University of California, Merced, a top-100 research university. The successful applicant will carry out cutting-edge research to develop the next generation of biological anti-inflammatory therapeutics. The research, funded by the Dept of Defense, involves identifying and manipulating viral proteins that bind immune-signaling chemokines. The project is highly collaborative, linking biochemical, biophysical, and structural biological experiments to molecular simulations and sequence analysis. The post doc will be involved in all laboratory elements of this project, including the design, expression and purification of proteins in multiple cell types, as well as biochemical and biophysical characterization of protein-protein interactions, using ELISA assays, NMR spectroscopy, fluorescence, and biolayer interferometry.

Required Qualifications: Successful applicants must have a recent PhD in Biochemistry or related field, relevant experience, and a willingness to learn a variety of techniques and to mentor junior lab members.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience in protein expression and purification and a solid background in basic biophysics.

Interested individuals should submit 1) a cover letter describing research experiences and interests, and career goals, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of two references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and email address, and 4) up to two relevant (p)reprints.

Initial review of applications will begin on April 5, 2021. Recruitment will remain open until the position is filled, with a closing date of October 29, 2021.

For questions and more information, please contact Professor Patricia LiWang, Ph.D. at, or Professor Michael Colvin at

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Postdoctoral Scholar Salary scale.

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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Describe research experiences and interests, and career goals.

  • (P) reprints - Two relevant (p)reprints.

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required

Job location

Merced, CA