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Biomolecular Engineering Postdoctoral Scholar (Yeh Lab)

Position overview

Position title: Biomolecular Engineering Postdoctoral Scholar (Yeh Lab)
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 - $71,908
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at the 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: February 9, 2024

Next review date: Thursday, Aug 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Aug 31, 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 Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the Postdoctoral Scholar positions. Under the direction of Andy Yeh, the postdoctoral scholar will design and develop de novo luminescence probes and biosensors for deep tissue imaging, specifically for functional imaging in oncology and cell therapy studies. This project involves collaboration, and the postdocs will actively contribute independently while also receiving mentorship from partners at Harvard and UC Irvine to accomplish the outlined objectives. This position is currently supported for 2-4 years and may be extended contingent on project funding availability and/or collaborative effort provided to other projects.

Previous expertise in molecular cloning, plasmid construction, and protein engineering is required. Applicants with expertise in in vivo imaging, synthetic biology, directed evolution, or computational protein design are strongly encouraged to apply. Excellent written and communication skills are expected.

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and should be forwarded to Andy Yeh at

Please refer to Position JPF01693 in all correspondence.

*Documents/Materials *

  • Letter of statement that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required).
  • Curriculum vitae, which must include a list of publications and the names and contact information for three professional references (required).
  • 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 August 1, 2024. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The Department of Biomolecular Engineering:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in engineering or biological sciences-related field with research experience in biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, or immunology. PhD must be in hand at the time of initial appointment (rather than at the time of application).

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Santa Cruz, California