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Kimmey Lab: Postdoctoral Scholar

Position overview

Position title: Kimmey Lab Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC salary scales set the minimum pay based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See the salary scale titled, Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee /Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow / Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct -Fiscal Year. A reasonable estimate for this position is $55,632- $66,600.
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: Maximum Duration of Service in a Postdoctoral Title Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of two years, with the possibility of reappointment. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution.

Application Window

Open December 1, 2022 through Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar, who will work under the direction of Assistant Professor Jacqueline Kimmey. [The Kimmey Lab](https; focuses on the pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae with a specific interest in understanding mechanisms by which the circadian clock influences cellular and immune responses to infection. The lab uses genetic, cellular and molecular biology approaches leveraging a variety of techniques including in vitro (bacterial culture and eukaryotic tissue culture) and in vivo models (murine and zebrafish). Applicants are not expected to have expertise in all of these areas, but must be conceptually and technically proficient in common “wet lab” molecular biology techniques such as PCR, electrophoresis, protein analysis, and sterile technique. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to lead an independent project which requires excellent experimental and organizational skills, the ability to communicate scientific material (verbally and written) and work well in a collaborative environment.

Multiple positions are currently available and specific project focus will be tailored to postdoctoral candidate’s area of expertise and interest. Relevant skills include experience with microbial culture, tissue culture, murine models, zebrafish models, immunology, pathogenesis, infectious disease, BSL2 biosafety, high throughput screening, bacterial genetics, eukaryotic genetics, cell biology, or biochemistry (purification, fractionation).

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

  • Innate immune sensing and signaling (such as TLR, NLR, inflammasome, etc), eukaryotic cell biology.
  • Microbiology, including bacterial genetics and biochemical approaches. Experience with Streptococcus pnuemoniae preferred, but not required. Experience with other genetically tractable bacterium and a commitment to learn Streptococcal system is sufficient
  • Circadian biology at a cellular or molecular scale (molecular clock, genetics, entrainment, etc).

For more information, please see the Research page at the Kimmey Lab website or contact Prof. Kimmey at

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and should be forwarded to Assistant Professor Jacqueline Kimmey at Please refer to Position JPF01425 in all correspondence.

Required Documents/Materials

  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of 3 references.

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by January 2, 2023 Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Microbiology, Immunology, Cell Biology or a related field. Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of the initial appointment.

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Santa Cruz, California