Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology


Open Faculty Positions


Open Postdoctoral Positions


Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Weifeng Gu’s lab, located in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology at UC Riverside, focuses on small noncoding RNA/RNAi-mediated gene regulation and antiviral response. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to examine how a highly conserved RNA phosphatase regulates genes and RNA viruses in C. elegans and other systems. This research involves RNA biogenesis, antivirus, gene regulation, innate immunity, developmental biology, genomics, RNAi, bioinformatics and cell biology.

The candidate is expected to have extensive knowledge and skills in RNA biology, biochemistry and genetics, with skills in bioinformatics and worm genetics as a plus. This position is funded by NIH and will support a postdoc for 4-5 years with a competitive salary and benefits.  UCR is a great place for working and living.

To Apply:  Please send a CV and a brief cover letter to Dr. Weifeng Gu at weifeng.gu@ucr.edu.


MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY - available immediately

NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are now available in Sarjeet Gill’s laboratory at the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside. The lab investigates the mechanism of action of mosquitocidal active bacterial proteins.  The current focus is in the expression of a novel bacterial toxin isolated from Clostridium and characterization its mechanisms.  Other projects involve elucidation of mechanisms of insect tolerance or resistance to mosquitocidal toxins derived from Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis. 

Applicants should have significant experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology.  Candidates should have a recent PhD in a biological science, and have a record of research productivity.   Applicants must be able to work in a group environment and be results-oriented.

To apply please send a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a detailed curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Sarjeet Gill, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (sarjeet.gill@ucr.edu).  The positions are available beginning July 1 2016 but review of application will begin immediately.


Developmental Biology and Environmental Toxicology

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the zur Nieden lab at the University of California Riverside to study how microRNAs tune early skeletal development. We have previously identified a powerful microRNA that enhances osteogenesis in vitro and now aim to analyze its role and that of its direct target in vivo using knockout and knock-in mice and genetic manipulation of Xenopus embryos. Similarly, we are interested in identifying how this and other microRNAs act to induce skeletal birth defects when embryos are exposed to environmental toxicants in utero.

The laboratory uses a combination of cellular (human ESCs, iPSCs, neural crest cells), molecular and genetic tools to understand how these microRNAs tune early differentiation - primarily that of the neural crest - to lay the foundation for proper craniofacial osteogenesis. For an overview of this and other projects in the lab please see our recent publications and the lab’s web page http://zurniedenlab.wix.com/ucrzurniedenlab.

Applications are invited from outstanding applicants with interests in neural crest, mesodermal or skeletal development and/or with an interest in stem cell biology and toxicology. Applicants are expected to work closely with collaborators Dr. Martin Garcia-Castro (University of California Riverside) and Dr. Bruce Blumberg (University of California Irvine) and in a team together with Graduate and undergraduate students.

Applicants should have a Ph.D and less than four years of postdoctoral experience. Knowledge in mouse breeding and husbandry, human embryonic stem cell culture and next generation sequencing is desirable. To apply send a curriculum vitae, bibliography and a cover letter with a brief description of research experience and the names of 3 references (with phone numbers) via e-mail to nicole.zurnieden@ucr.edu.

Open Project Scientist Positions


Research Assistant - Junior Specialist

A position of a research assistant within the Specialist series (Junior Specialist) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jernej Murn at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside. The research in the lab focuses on RNA biology and epigenetics in neurons and stem cells.

A strong candidate will have a BA or BS in biology or a related field and have some experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics. A successful applicant will conduct closely-supervised research and provide technical assistance. Competitive salary and benefits will be provided. The initial appointment will be for one or two years with a possible extension for a longer period.

The position is available starting immediately. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Murn by email (jernej.murn@ucr.edu).

For more information about the lab, please visit https://www.murnlab.info/.

Open Assistant Project Positions


Assistant Project Scientist in Insect Chemosensory Behavior

The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for a part-time (30%) Assistant Project Scientist. We are seeking a PhD-level candidate with extensive experience in the neurobiology of insect chemosensory behavior.  The position is initially for 9 months and may be renewed, contingent on funding.

The successful candidate will investigate gustatory behaviors in various flies including Drosophila species and houseflies (Musca domestica), will develop and/or implement high resolution, single-fly behavioral assays to measure taste responses and parameters of feeding behavior, take the lead in planning and executing experiments for project(s), and analyze, interpret and present the resulting data. The successful candidate will present at weekly lab meetings and joint meetings with other labs, prepare first drafts of manuscripts for publication, with potential to present research at a conference.

Basic Requirements

  • A PhD in insect neurophysiology and/or behavior, and at least 3 years of experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Candidate must have experience with development and implementation of behavior assays to investigate insect chemosensory behaviors.
  • Candidate must be an author on at least two peer-reviewed publications in a related discipline and have presented their research in scientific conferences.

To Apply:  Application materials for this position should be submitted online through: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01062.  Please provide a full Curriculum Vitae, a Statement of Research, a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact details for three confidential references. A cover letter is optional. Review of applications will begin on February 11, 2019.  For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Anupama Dahanukar, Associate Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology at University of California, Riverside, at dahanan@ucr.edu.  For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Mary Stuart, CNAS Academic Personnel, at mary.stuart@ucr.edu.

Advancement through the Project Scientist ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate

student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success

for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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