Skip to main content

Post Doctoral Scholar - Immunology and Parasitology

Recruitment Period

Open October 11th, 2018 through December 31st, 2018


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 has also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

Two Post-Doctoral positions are available within the laboratory of Dr. Kirk Jensen [] at the University of California Merced. The lab is seeking two highly motivated immunologists or parasitologists that are interested in exploring adaptive immunity to parasites. We are looking for team players that are excited about studying host-parasite interactions and have excellent communication skills. Experience in molecular biology and immunology is required; experience in parasitology, genetics, ATAC-seq and computational skills is a plus.

Requirements include a recent Ph.D., D.V.M. or M.D. Successful candidates should be highly motivated with an outstanding publication record. The applicant must be able to design and conduct experiments, prepare and present research findings at meetings, write scientific manuscripts and fellowship proposals. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and capable of working independently. Experience in parasitology, and/or cellular immunology is desired. Experiments will include a variety of molecular biology techniques, flow cytometry, sterile cell culture, mouse handling, cell isolation methods, and use of R. Preference will be given to candidates with no more than two years of prior post-doctoral training.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) a list of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e- mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled with a final closing date of December 31, 2018.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

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

For more information, please contact Kirk Jensen at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

How to apply

  1. Create an ApplicantID
  2. Provide required information and documents
  3. If any, provide required reference information
Get started: press Apply Now