Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular and Cell Biology - He Lab
University of California, Berkeley, College of Letters & Science - Molecular & Cell Biology
United States

Postdoctoral Scholar - Molecular and Cell Biology - He Lab - UC-Berkeley


  • College of Letters & Science - Molecular & Cell Biology



Open date: June 26th, 2018
Last review date: September 27th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 26th, 2019

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.


The He lab at UC-Berkeley is one of the pioneers in non-coding RNA (ncRNA) biology. The He Lab employs novel approaches in genetics, genomics, cell and molecular biology to understand the functional importance and the molecular regulation of various non-coding elements in development and disease, including microRNAs (miRNAs), long ncRNAs and retrotransposons. The He lab is also well known for its development of novel genome editing tools in mammalian genetics, which revolutionized the genetic engineering of mice as a disease model. The He Lab’s work has provided important insights into the functional importance of non-coding elements in cancer biology, embryo development and physiology, and has been published in prestigious journals, including Nature, Science, Nature Cell Biology, Elife, Genes and development. The PI Dr. Lin He received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2009, and is currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholar. More information about The He Lab can be found via


The He lab is in the MCB department at UC-Berkeley, which encompasses a breadth of disciplines spanning all levels of organization and encompassing diverse organisms. UC-Berkeley is at a central location in the San Francisco bay area, surrounded by many excellent academic institutions and biotech/pharmaceutical companies. The breath of training, combined with the unique location of Berkeley, offer a nurturing environment for the next-generation scientist to launch on a successful career in biomedical research in academia and industry.


The He Lab at UC-Berkeley is seeking creative, accomplished, and highly motivated postdoctoral scholars to work within our group of 11 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The postdoctoral scholars will work closely with the PI and junior students/staff members to dissect the functional importance of non-coding elements in the genome in one of the two areas: 1) pluripotent stem cell biology and preimplantation development, 2) lung development and lung cancer development. The postdoctoral scholars will also have a unique opportunity to learn our novel in vivo CRISPR-genome editing tools, and to contribute to new innovation to this technology.


Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (At the time of application):
Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited Ph.D or equivalent international degree program.


Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):
Ph.D or equivalent international degree. At least one co-authored publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Less than four years postdoctoral research experience


Preferred Qualifications (By start date):
Excellent writing and communication skills.


Salary: $49,188– $59,736 annually depending on qualifications. This position provides full postdoctoral scholar benefits.


This position reports to Dr. Lin He. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for 1 year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding .


To Apply:


Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position and a cover letter. (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).


Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Dr. Lin He at This position will remain open until filled.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.


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:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.



Berkeley, CA



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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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