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Zehr Lab: Postdoctoral Scholar

Position overview

Position title: Zehr Lab: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.
Position duration: Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

Application Window

Open date: November 9th, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 9, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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 Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the Zehr Lab Postdoctoral Scholar. Under the direction of Professor Emeritus Jonathan Zehr, the Postdoctoral Scholar will work collaboratively on projects relating to understanding the biology of an unusual marine symbiosis – between a single celled alga (Haptophyte) and a unicellular N2-fixing cyanobacteria. Research will be centered around using this unusual symbiosis to address fundamental questions in the evolution of organelles and the biology of nitrogen fixation, which are of significance to evolution, cell biology, and ecology using a suite of approaches including advanced imaging, immunolabelling, genomics/transcriptomics, and proteomics. This position is funded by the Simons Foundation.

Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Microbial eukaryote genomics/transcriptomics/proteomics;
  • Plant-microbe symbiotic interactions;
  • Bioinformatics – experience with metagenomic/transcriptomic analysis, amplicon sequence analysis, and/or genome assembly and annotation of eukaryotic algae; and/or
  • Cultivation-based studies of obligate marine symbioses.

Zehr Lab:

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

See additional qualifications which must be met at the time of initial appointment.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in biological oceanography, oceanography, biology, ecology, microbial ecology, or a similar discipline.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of two professional references and their contact information and a complete list of publications (publications can be in preparation).

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

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Campus Information

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California