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Postdoctoral Scholar- Protein Engineering- Innovative Genomics Institute at University of California-Berkeley in Berkeley, California

Posted in Other 27 days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:


Open date: January 27th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020 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.


The Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Krasileva Lab, in the area of protein engineering, at 100% time with an expected start date of early 2020.

Krasileva lab studies fundamental principles of plant immunity, genome evolution and plant-pathogen interactions. We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist with strong expertise in protein biochemistry and yeast genetics who will share our research passion and will be motivated to make discoveries in the area of rational design of plant immune receptors.

The postdoc will closely work with the PI and other lab members, as well as external collaborators, including Innovative Genome Institute ( and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (

For more information about the Krasileva lab, visit:


The candidate in this role will be responsible for developing specific experiments within the overall research plan, delivering research outputs within the timeline of the project, including protocols, figures and publications.

The project involves designing and producing synthetic plant receptors, as well as designing libraries for screening engineered proteins for new binding specificities. The designed receptors will often need to go through several rounds of design, test, build incorporating knowledge of their natural variation and structural constraints.

The candidate is expected to be technically proficient in their area of expertise that can include protein biochemistry, protein engineering, synthetic biology, yeast genetics and to be prepared to develop and adapt novel wet-lab and/or bioinformatics techniques. All members of the lab are expected to maintain a legible, organized, and fully-updated electronic lab notebook shared with the PI, mentors and collaborators within the lab. As part of larger collaboration, the postdoc is also expected to coordinate and align research activities with overall team, present regularly at lab meeting, and provide first draft of manuscripts.

Please, see our Lab Charter for more detailed explanation of group culture and expectations:

Basic Qualifications (At the time of application):

* Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD, or equivalent international degree

Additional Qualifications (By start date):

* PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date.

* The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):

* Demonstrated expertise in protein biochemistry, synthetic biology and/or yeast genetics.

* Demonstrated experience with coding and working in R/Python or other programming languages is desirable but not required

This position reports to Professor Ksenia Krasileva. 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

To Apply:


Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Ksenia Krasileva,

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.


Berkeley, CA


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Document requirements


Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals

Reference requirements

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