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Postdoctoral Scholar- Biology of Aging - Department of Nutritional Science and Toxicology
University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, California
Date Posted 12/29/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

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 January 1, 2021 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:
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
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