Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
United States

Arsuaga 2020 Postdoctoral Researcher

Job #JPF03616

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 17th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jul 15, 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.


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


The successful candidate will work on the characterization of protein-protein interactions of SARS-CoV2 through cryo-EM and molecular modeling. The chosen individual will perform protein-protein binding experiments, viral reconstitution, cryo-EM analysis and 3D reconstructions of SARS-CoV2. Additionally, the candidate will also be expected to interact closely with computational researchers and contribute to the development of computational methods. Keeping accurate and detailed records of all experiments and critically evaluating the scientific progress of the project are also integral parts of the job. Pursue of independent funding is also expected. The postdoc will assist the PIs in presentations and publications as needed and will actively participate in weekly group meetings and journal clubs.


The topological molecular biology laboratory at UC Davis uses a combination of experimental and computational methods to determine virus structure. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a PhD in biophysics, biochemistry or related field with expertise in Cryo-EM analysis and 3D reconstructions. Proficiency in basic molecular biology techniques such as molecular cloning of DNA and recombinant protein production are expected. Experience in computational structural biology (such as molecular dynamics methods) is desirable but not required. The successful candidate will have excellent presentation and writing skills and a collaborative spirit. Previous experience in pursuing independent funding will be valued.

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

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, all application materials must
be received by July 1st, 2020. The job will remain open until position is filled.

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: Please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research plan and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for two references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

Questions: Please direct questions to: Dr. Javier Arsuaga,

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

The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available
UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus ( If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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.
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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