Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

University of California Los Angeles

United States

Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Job #JPF06936

Application Window

Open September 20th, 2021 through Friday, Nov 19, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Zamudio Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to lead innovative projects in stem and cancer cell biology. We are studying new mechanisms of gene regulation by regulatory RNAs using multidisciplinary approaches. We fit the mechanisms we discover into gene regulatory programs that cause or influence human diseases, such as cancer. Laboratory research will involve a variety of cutting-edge approaches in RNA, genomics, stem cell and cancer biology providing an ‪excellent research training opportunity in molecular biology, genomics, and translational science. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This postdoctoral appointment will be under the mentorship of Professor Jesse Zamudio, Ph.D., in the Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology within the College of Letters and Sciences. The candidate will be performing research aimed at determining molecular mechanisms in cancer transformation and stem cell differentiation. Focus areas of study will include but are not limited to: RNA interference, RNA splicing, oncogenic stress, DNA damage response and the role of immune cells in promoting cancer progression. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team. The candidate will participate in active Cancer, Gene Regulation, and RNA communities on campus.

Our laboratory is affiliated with the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Cell Research Center, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Molecular Biology Institute.

The University of California Los Angeles is ranked consistently #1 in public research universities offering undergraduate, graduate and profession students a vibrant atmosphere for a multitude of research opportunities.

The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology advances our knowledge of life on earth at the cellular and molecular levels. Our mission is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals, and citizens of the world by fully integrating our students into cutting-edge research activities, including hands-on participation in the process of scientific discovery. Our faculty conducts research with a variety of models including Arabidopsis, Drosophila, zebrafish, mouse and stem cells to address the most pressing problems in biology, health and sustainability.

The UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center is on the cusp of transforming patient care through the development of personalized stem cell-based therapies for a wide range of diseases. Our commitment to innovation and cross disciplinary collaboration continually reshapes and expands the culture of scientific exploration at UCLA and positions us as a leader in the field.

The Epigenomics, RNA & Gene Regulation (ERGR) research program promotes UCLA’s critical mass of outstanding gene regulation researchers to apply their expertise to the cancer problem. It is expected that ERGR insights into the basic molecular and cellular biology of cancer to reveal cancer vulnerabilities can be targeted as novel strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Start date is flexible. The position is fully funded for two years, and may be extended depending on satisfactory progress and the availability of funding.

We especially encourage women and those from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM fields to apply to be part of your team.

Salary will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

For more information regarding the Zamudio Laboratory, please visit

For informal inquiries, you can email Jesse Zamudio ( at the UCLA Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology with the subject header ‘Postdoc Inquiry’.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD with a strong background in molecular, cell or computational biology
• Ability to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Desire to conduct cutting-edge genomic and molecular genetic research
• Experience in small animal models or computational modeling is distinguishable, but not required

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Cover letter stating research interests and indicating how past research experience, interests, and goals connect to the activities of the Zamudio laboratory.
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Misc / Additional - Reprints of peer-reviewed publications in which the applicant is a co-author.
Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required

2 letters of recommendation and contact information.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


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