Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of California Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

United States

Cheng 2020 Postdoctoral Researcher

Job #JPF03619

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 17th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Jul 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 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.



Location: The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Davis invites applications for one Postdoctoral Researcher in Cryo-EM and Structural Biology.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is open in Dr. R. Holland Chang’s lab ( supported by the NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing consortium ( The lab concentrates on characterizing structures of multi-subunit complexes, utilizing cryo-electron microscopy and correlative multimodal imaging, to repurpose a self-reassembly, proteolysis-proof capsid towards mucosa-enabled theragnostics. The project will design and evaluate novel delivery systems for genome editing tools in mice and large animal models. In a team, the position’s primary focus is to evaluate the on-target and off-target activities by a mucosa-friendly capsid to deliver genetic and epigenetic editors. The successful candidate will participate in SCGE consortium network, seminars and team meetings to effectively prepare one’s accomplished research for timely peer-reviewed publications.


The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Virology, Biomedical Engineering, or related field. Experience in working with cryoEM data processing, structural modeling, and/or whole-genome assays related to gene packaging/editing in vivo will be a plus. Candidate must have excellent communication skills and be resourceful to collaborative efforts among the SCGE consortial labs.

SALARY RANGE: $53,460-$64,008 [Level 0-5, 100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, all application materials must be received by July 15, 2020. The job will remain open for applicants until August 20, 2020.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: This one-year appointment is based on the needs of the research project. Appointment can be extended upon satisfactory performance.
To Apply: Qualified applicants should upload submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research plan, and contact information for three references via URL:

Questions: Please direct questions to: Dr. R. Holland Chang,

For more information about the department, please visit the website:

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
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Reference requirements
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