Associate Professional Researcher

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for one Associate Professional Researcher.

Position Description

One (1) Associate Professional Researcher position in Dr. Daniel A. Starr’s laboratory in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the College of Biological Sciences. Dr. Starr is recruiting in the area of physical cell biology and mechanotransduction.

Research (90%) - The successful applicant will be responsible for performing independent, cutting-edge, publication-quality experiments aimed at studying the molecular mechanisms underlying cellular mechanotransduction, or the ability of cells to sense mechanical stimuli and convert them into biochemical and cellular responses. The position will focus on studying how LINC complexes are assembled within the nuclear envelope, how they organize the nucleoplasm (e.g. chromatin and nucleoli), and how they control the mechanical properties of cells in vitro and in vivo. This position requires a strong background in biophysics, LINC complex biology, and quantitative imaging, which is necessary to successfully execute this project. The candidate will design and assist with experiments using a suite of advanced biophysical, cell biological, quantitative imaging, and synthetic biology approaches. In addition, the candidate must be proficient in the use of several model systems, including cultured mammalian cells. The candidate will then summarize data and assist with the preparation of figures as well as the writing of manuscripts for publication.

University and public service (10%) - The candidate will perform university service related to the research mission of UC Davis. They will also perform service to the field in the form of reviewing papers and grants. They will also assist in mentoring junior members of the research group.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants will have a PhD degree in biophysics, cell biology, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have at least 8 years of experience as a principal investigator and/or group leader. The candidate must be highly motivated and responsible, with a demonstrated track record of strong interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. They must have experience with LINC complex biology and be comfortable with general cloning as well as advanced biophysical, cell biological, quantitative imaging, and synthetic biology approaches. It is essential that applicants be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data to archive, label and document data for publication, proposals, and presentations.

Additional Qualifications

Scientific training and skill equivalent to upper division graduate coursework in cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology.
Experience with molecular biology techniques including transformations, DNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis and DNA sequence analysis.
Experience with record keeping and data storage.
Experience with Image J, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Ilastik.
Expertise with quantitative fluorescence live and fixed microscopy.
Experience writing and editing manuscripts and grants.
Experience mentoring graduate students and postdocs.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with mammalian tissue culture.
Experience with super-resolution microscopy.
Experience with molecular cloning of DNA plasmids

Salary Range

Step I-V $97,600-$123,300 (100% annual), commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Available - Closing Date

The posting will remain open until filled. For full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 4th, 2021.

Term of Appointment

Minimum of one year and may be made up to 100%.

To Apply

Qualified applicants should upload CV, and Cover Letter and contact information of three references via this URL:


Please direct questions to Dr. Dan Starr,


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