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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Molecular Neurobiology

Recruitment Period

Open October 24th, 2018 through January 10th, 2019


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.

We are a laboratory of neuroepigenetics; we study mechanisms and effects of neuronal gene transcription in brain development and function. We use a combination of advanced molecular biology techniques, mammalian genetics, and deep sequencing technologies to obtain a genome-wide view of transcription in vitro and in vivo. Our aim is to provide mechanistic insight on epigenetic regulatory mechanisms underlying gene-environment interactions in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders.

A Post-Doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ramendra Saha. The position is funded by an NIH R01 grant and involves studying epigenetic mechanisms of neurodevelopment-related gene transcription during developmental exposure to environmental toxins. This project will focus on ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes and their roles in brain development.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for:

  1. Conceptualization – In consultation with the PI, the fellow will be expected to take a lead role in the design of experiments and methods.
  2. Research execution – Independently perform experiments using techniques, including, cell culture of primary neurons, in utero electroporation, animal behavior, molecular biology techniques such as ChIP, and next generation sequencing. Experience in every technique is not expected; however, it is desirable that the candidate has proven expertise in one or more of the above mentioned techniques.
  3. Data Analysis and reporting – Analyzing research data and transforming the results into presentable formats. The candidate is expected to meet the PI routinely to discuss progress, problems and trouble shooting.
  4. Research presentation and publication – Preparation of text and figures for publications in peer-reviewed journals, or presentation at conferences.
  5. Mentor other project members (graduate and/or undergraduate students).

Minimum Qualifications includes a PhD in molecular or cellular biology, physiology, toxicology, neurobiology, or, a related field; and proven writing skills, particularly with respect to report writing and editing.

Preferred Qualifications include commitment and ability to work independently as well as in foster collaborations within the team; and strong research record as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Interested applications are required to submit a 1) Cover Letter 2) Curriculum Vitae 3) List of three referees with their contact information (letters will be invited) and 4) Two most relevant publications.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled with a final closing date of 1/10/19.

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 Professor Ramendra Saha at


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

  • Cover Letter

  • List of References - Please name three referees with their contact information (letters will be invited).

  • Publications - Please include two most relevant publications.

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