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Post Doctoral Scholar-Wolf Lab

Position overview

Position title: Post Doctoral Scholar
Salary range: The salary is based on the University of California Academic Postdoctoral Scholar Salary scale
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Open until filled
Position duration: 1 year

Application Window

Open date: February 7th, 2022

Next review date: Thursday, Jun 2, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jul 29, 2022 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 Wolf lab at UC Merced is seeking a Post-Doctoral Scholar. You will study the encoding of experience in the brain driven by the widely abused drug alcohol. The goal is to discover the neural circuitry and the molecular encoding mechanisms for acute and chronic alcohol exposure using Drosophila as a research organism, with a focus on molecules and mechanisms conserved to humans. The Wolf lab identified two independent transcriptional pathways that drive changes in presynaptic structure and function (, The successful candidate will be appointed in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at UC Merced. You will be part of a team of graduate students and undergraduate students in a lab that is devoted to understanding the neural coding of motivation and its interactions with addiction.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.


Basic qualifications

A Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, neurosciences, or closely related field. Fundamental understanding of genetics and molecular biology.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - A brief cover letter describing research interests and long term plans.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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 over 9,000 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA