Position overviewPosition title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Open date: July 10, 2023
Next review date: Friday, Oct 13, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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Final date: Wednesday, Jun 5, 2024 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.
Geekiyanage lab at University of California, Merced is seeking a highly motivated and creative postdoctoral scholar to work in collaboration with the principal investigator, graduate students and undergraduate students in the lab.
Geekiyanage lab is focused on understanding the biology of non-coding RNAs including miRNA, piRNA and long ncRNA, in the context of their fundamental properties and their contribution to disease pathologies, diagnosis and treatments. The lab is committed to developing new technologies and approaches and employs cell biology, molecular biology, genomics and mouse models to address the fundamental and translational biology questions pertaining to non-coding RNA and human health. The successful applicant will perform research in understanding the properties of extracellular miRNA and their carrier complexes, and their export and delivery routes. The successful applicant has the opportunity to collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students in the lab to work with human tissue, blood plasma, and cerebrospinal fluid samples, combined with mouse and cell culture studies using viral vector delivery, microscopy techniques (confocal and TEM), and molecular biology techniques including (not limited to) qPCR, RNA-seq, cloning and CRISPR genome editing.
Geekiyanage lab is in the Department of Bioengineering and is affiliated with the Quantitative Systems Biology Program. These departments and programs are home to a vibrant research community. The University is in close proximity to academic institutions and biotech/pharmaceutical companies in the bay area. The proximity of UC Merced to Yosemite National Park adds value to life. Combined with the unique location, access to the University of California network, and research commitments, this position offers an exciting environment for next-generation scientists to succeed in careers in academia and industry.
Applicants must have a PhD degree in Biological Sciences, this is a requirement. Start date (flexible start date). Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
Experience in viral vector delivery will be beneficial.
Experience in performing cell culture studies is desired.
Experience in performing molecular biology techniques including cloning, qPCR, RNA-seq and CRISPR are desired
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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 (https://www.ucmerced.edu/fast-facts), 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 (https://merced2020.ucmerced.edu/).
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