Postdoctoral Scholar

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Davis invites applications for one Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Position Description

The postdoctoral scholar will work on a project focused the molecular mechanisms of microtubule-based transport by dynein and kinesin motor proteins or other aspects of microtubule effector protein biology. The McKenney lab utilizes in vitro reconstitution, single molecule TIRF microscopy, biochemistry and cell biology, as a powerful combination to dissect molecular functions of microtubule associated proteins. We have a particular interest in the molecular mechanisms of molecular motor function and how they relate to human diseases. The specific project to be pursued will be developed jointly by the candidate and PI upon hiring. Postdocs will be expected to be proficient in the molecular cloning of DNA, recombinant protein production using a variety of expression systems (bacteria, baculovirus, mammalian cells), and ability to learn new techniques such as TIRF microscopy and microscopy image analysis. Additional duties and responsibilities include impeccable organization of notes, data, and analysis, presentation of data at weekly lab meetings, and basic lab maintenance jobs. Please see recently published research from the lab: PubMed, McKenney Faculty Page.

Basic Qualifications

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, neuroscience, or related field, and must have proven productivity with at least one first author publication. In addition, the applicant should be proficient in molecular biology and/or biochemistry. The successful applicant will have experience with either 1) in vitro reconstitution using purified protein components and/or 2) biochemistry paired with quantitative cell biology. Finally, the applicant should be well versed in Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, a plasmid software such as Ape, and a data analysis programs such as Prism or R. The applicant should be attentive and reliable with various modes of communication (email, texts, Slack), and will have the motivation to pursue and drive a project independently. Candidates will be expected to apply for independent funding.

Salary Range

$50,760-$61,308 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Available - Closing Date

For full consideration applications should be received by April 30th, 2019.

Term of Appointment

This one-year appointment is based on the needs of the research project. Appointment may be extended upon satisfactory performance.

To Apply

To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research plan as a single PDF file. Applicants should also provide contact information for three references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For more information about the department, please visit the website:


Please direct questions to Dr. Richard J. McKenney,


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