Postdoctoral Scholar - Biology of Aging - Department of Nutritional Science and Toxicology

San Francisco
Sep 23, 2019
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Recruitment Period Open date: September 20th, 2019 Next review date: Friday, Nov 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: Friday, Nov 1, 2019 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. Description

The Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks Postdoctoral Scholars to join an interdisciplinary research team study and to work under the supervision of Professor Danica Chen, in the area of biology of aging, at 100% time with an expected start date of October 15, 2019 or later.

One of the most fundamental questions in biology is how we age. The past decades have witnessed a significant revision of a traditional view that aging is simply a random and passive process that is solely driven by entropy. In fact, the aging process is regulated genetically and lifespan can be extended by single gene mutations. Our research aims to understand molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate the aging process and explore therapeutic targets to slow aging and even reverse aging-associated degeneration. The most intriguing aspect of pharmaceutical intervention that targets the aging pathways is that, instead of targeting a specific disease, it has the potential of ameliorating a wide array of seemingly unrelated diseases associated with aging, such as cancer, tissue degeneration, metabolic syndrome, and immune dysfunction.

This position involves laboratory work on a daily basis. The employee will perform studies in the laboratory to examine the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate aging and diseases of aging using mouse models and cell culture.

Specific duties of the position will include:

  • Conduct the research on this project, analyze data
  • Implementation of experiments to examine the effects of genetic manipulations on hallmarks of aging and diseases of aging
  • Data analyses and recording
  • Participate in and present results at lab meetings and in discussions with the PI
  • Mentor undergraduate students as well as write manuscripts

    Basic Qualifications (By time of application):

  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application

    Additional Qualifications (By start date):

  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) by start date
  • The candidate should have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date

    Preferred Qualifications (By start date):

  • Demonstrated experience with cell culture
  • Demonstrated experience with standard molecular biology techniques, including cloning, PCR, electrophoresis, Western blot
  • Demonstrated experience with standard cell biology techniques, including flow cytometry, immunofluorescence staining
  • Demonstrated experience with phenotyping of mouse models
  • Demonstrated experience with genomics and bioinformatics
  • Demonstrated experience with metabolomics

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

    Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoctoral salary scale. Generous benefits are included

    To Apply:

    Contact information of three references is required, only those of finalists will be contacted. Specific questions regarding the position can be directed to Professor Chen, [email protected].

    This recruitment will remain open until filled.

    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.
    Job location Berkeley, CA Learn More More information about this recruitment: Requirements Document requirements

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals
    Reference requirements
    • 3 required (contact information only)

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