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Postdoctoral Scholar - Morehouse Lab

Application Window

Open date: October 31, 2022

Most recent review date: Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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.

Position description

The Morehouse Lab at UCI in the department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry is looking to hire postdoctoral fellows to conduct original and innovative research in the areas of microbiology, immunology, nucleotide chemistry, enzymology, and structural biology. Projects will be tailored to the applicant but generally they will explore areas related to host-pathogen conflict, phage biology, and uncharacterized chemical signaling pathways. The qualified applicants will have recently defended or plan to defend their Ph.D. thesis before committing to the position. Successful applicants will be expected to: 1) Pursue their own independent research project within the lab while supporting ongoing collaborative work; 2) Contribute to the academic scholarship activities of the lab including publishing and presenting research in public forums; 3) Mentor other laboratory trainees including graduate and undergraduate students.

This is an excellent opportunity to get advanced training in structural biology techniques such as X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM and to work in an exciting and fast-moving field. Apply now if you are interested in contributing to and growing with a young and motivated team that is passionate about science and mentorship. Postdoctoral fellows will receive close guidance from the PI including professional development support for planning the transition to the next career stage.

More information about the research can be found at :

• Research experience in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, or a related field
• Exposure to and basic understanding of standard molecular cloning practices and bacterial transformation is preferred
• Familiarity with in vitro protein biochemistry or structural biology is a plus but training will be provided
• Experience with recombinant protein expression and purification techniques, but this is not a requirement for consideration
• Proven track record of troubleshooting and problem solving
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to balance multiple projects and bring projects to completion
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Willingness to learn new approaches and techniques
• Collaborative approach to science

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Benjamin Morehouse at

Qualified candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references to the following on-line recruitment URL:

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

UCI provides excellent support for postdocs (, which includes the development of leadership and teaching skills, career development, and full benefits. Several childcare services are available on campus. UCI campus is located at a driving distance to Los Angeles and San Diego, and 5 miles from the beach.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Accepting all applicants.

Application Requirements

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

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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up-to-date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA