Postdoctoral Scholar in Biology of Aging
University of California Berkeley Department of Nutritional Science and Toxicology
United States

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

Job #JPF03785
  • Nutritional Sci & Tox Dept / College of Natural Resources / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Postdoctoral Scholar Employee
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoc salary scale.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: Spring 2023
Position duration: Initial appointment is for 1 year with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: January 3, 2023

Next review date: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Feb 4, 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 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.

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:
• 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
•Prepare manuscripts for dissemination of research results through publications


Basic qualifications (required at 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 (required at time of start)

• 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
  • 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

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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Job location

Berkeley, California

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