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Postdoctoral Scholar in Stem Cell and Cancer Research

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Stem Cell and Cancer Research
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 $64,480 - $77,327.
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 and 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 date: October 4, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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 Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar who will work under the direction of Assistant Professor Shaheen Sikandar. The postdoctoral scholar will contribute to stem cell and cancer research focused on developing novel strategies to understand the molecular mechanisms governing metastasis formation; the molecular changes in mammary stem cells during aging; and novel transcription regulators. The postdoctoral scholar will participate in research projects by conceiving, planning, and performing experiments in the laboratory, depending on the experience level of the candidate. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the research endeavors of colleagues within the laboratory and at the institution, as appropriate. The candidate will also be expected to apply for novel, external sources of funding including but not limited to NIH K99/R00 and F32 grants. Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a team are essential.

Applicants in the first two years of postdoctoral training are highly encouraged to apply.

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and should be forwarded to Shaheen Sikandar at

Please refer to Position #JPF01622.


  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that summarizes your research experience, qualifications, and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. (required)
  • One to five representative publication(s) - Preprints or accepted (but still unpublished) manuscripts may be submitted. (required)
  • Non-confidential letters of recommendation (two are required and an additional two are optional).
  • Statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion: Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application (optional)

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by January 31, 2024. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in stem cell biology, molecular biology, or a related field. Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of initial appointment rather than at the time of application.

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