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Postdoctoral Scholar, Balu Lab

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $64,480-$77,327. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table []

Application Window

Open date: July 3, 2024

Next review date: Saturday, Aug 3, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jun 30, 2025 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

Mihaela Balu, Ph.D., has an opening for a post-doctoral position in the Nonlinear Optical Microscopy (NLOM) Lab ( at the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, University of California, Irvine (UCI). The successful candidate will work on an exciting project focused on developing instrumentation based on multiphoton microscopy and image analysis tools for clinical applications.

• Ph.D. in Physics, Optics, Chemistry, or a related Engineering field, or Computer Science.
• Proven experience in developing optical imaging instrumentation, including design, construction, and optimization of optical systems.
• Familiarity with nonlinear optical microscopy techniques.
• Proficiency in computational image analysis and software development for imaging applications.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team setting.
Preferred Experience
• Strong background in computational image analysis and/or
• Proven experience in developing optical imaging instrumentation

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and years of experience. All appointments are for two years with the potential for extension dependent upon performance and funding.
For more information, please contact Dr. Mihaela Balu (, Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology and Principal Investigator of the NLOM Lab.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates for this position should hold a Ph.D. (in Physics, Optics, Chemistry, or related Engineering field), or an M.D., or the foreign equivalent, or they could be working towards the PhD or MD.
Candidates must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent by the start of the appointment.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form - All applicants of academic positions at the University of California, Irvine must download, complete, sign, and upload the following form with their application: Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form

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

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 anti-discrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA