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Postdoctoral Scholar - James Lab - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Recruitment Period

Open July 30th, 2019 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


We are looking for scientists who have completed their PhD and have experience in one or more fields of Molecular Biology, Genetics (including CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing), Genomics, Parasitology, and/or Entomology. We are looking for a motivated and collaborative postdoctoral associate interested in developing CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive technology that facilitates the spread of effector transgenes into wild mosquito populations and then validate their effect on Plasmodium transmission in mosquitoes.

Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in molecular biology, or a related field.
• Strong molecular biology bench skills with ability to process large sample sets (PCR and primer design, Cloning using restriction enzymes or PCR-based assembly, colony PCR, etc).
• Design, construct plasmids.
• Demonstrated experience with homology-based methods (In-Fusion®, NEBuilder®, Gibson Assembly®) and Type IIS RE-based methods (Golden Gate, MoClo).
• Demonstrated track record in Plasmodium falciparum culture and/or Plasmodium berghei model.
• Prior bench experience is mandatory.
• Troubleshooting and problem solving.
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to balance multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and bring projects to completion.


• Molecular biology experience with insect models.
• Insect transformation.
• Must be open to international travel
• Represent the lab as needed at conferences and meetings
• Participate in laboratory discussion
• Contribute to or write publications

To Apply:

Please create an applicant profile and upload the following:

  1. Updated CV
  2. A brief statement of research accomplishments and interests
  3. A statement of diversity contributions, and
  4. Names and contact information for at least three (3) references.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research - A brief statement including a synopsis of previous research experience and specific interests in the ongoing work

  • Statement of Teaching - See our guidance for writing a reflective teaching statement.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)