Skip to main content

Postdoctoral Scholar in Protein Biophysics

We are no longer accepting applications for this recruitment


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Protein Biophysics and Bioengineering Laboratory directed by Dr. Victor Muñoz, is looking for a self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic and highly qualified postdoctoral scholar expert in experimental protein biophysical chemistry to work on a project on the analysis of protein folding and folding coupled to binding reactions of downhill folding proteins using single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and ultrafast kinetic methods. The Muñoz group, one of the world leaders in protein folding research, is currently investigating a variety of problems related to the biophysics of proteins, including protein folding, binding, folding coupled to binding, and regulation of gene expression, as well as in the design and engineering of protein-based applications such biosensors and allosteric macromolecular assemblies (more information at

The successful candidate will have previous training and established track record in experimental protein biophysics and/or biochemistry. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to stay abreast of recent publications in the field, carry out research independently, implement and develop research ideas and write research articles. The postdoctoral scholar is also expected to assist with mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on the project, and to be in charge of properly maintaining the spectroscopic and optical equipment in the lab. Travel to user facilities at the National Laboratories or other UC campuses may be occasionally required. This is a three-year project with appointments being year-to-year based on continuation of funding and satisfactory performance.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in biophysical chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry or a related field. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research successfully and work independently are desirable.

The candidate should have demonstrable experience in at least two, preferably more, of the following areas: 1) cloning, expression and purification of recombinant proteins; 2) protein chemical modification (extrinsic fluorescence labeling and surface immobilization methods); 3) alignment and data acquisition on custom optical (confocal and TIRF fluorescence microscopes) and/or laser-spectroscopy/ultrafast kinetic instruments; 4) advanced computer-based analysis of experimental data using Matlab; 5) statistical mechanical analysis of proteins.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of two references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2018. Starting dates are negotiable.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Please contact Victor Muñoz at for additional information.

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)