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Postdoctoral Fellow – Neural Circuit Development and Genomics

Posted by , on 26 January 2023

Location: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Closing Date: 30 June 2023

The Kim Lab at Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Department, the University of California, Santa Cruz is seeking highly motivated and talented postdoctoral research fellows with a Ph.D. degree to join our innovative and stimulating research group.


The University of California, Santa Cruz is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system. MCD department has top-tier neuroscience and molecular biology labs and UCSC with its genomics institute is an undisputed leader in genomics and bioinformatics. Santa Cruz is a wonderful small progressive town on the central coast of sunny California, nestled into mountains that teem with giant redwood trees, approximately 35 minutes to San Jose/Silicon Valley or 1 hour and a half to San Francisco Bay.


UCSC has exceptional career development programs for post-doctoral fellows such as the NIH IRACDA postdoctoral fellowship program and CIRM training program. In addition, its close proximity to other universities in San Francisco Bay Area and the biotech startups make it an ideal location to forge relationships with other academic labs as well as industry. As your post-doctoral advisor, I am fully committed to your academic and professional success.


The Kim Laboratory aims to investigate connectivity, development, genetic identity, and function of neural circuits using mouse cerebral cortex as a model system. Our ultimate goal is to understand the fundamental principle of neural connectivity and its functions in animals’ perception and behavior. We address our questions by engineering novel neural circuit tracing systems with next-generation trans-synaptic viral tracers, using mouse genetics, single-cell genome-wide sequencing, and in vivo imaging. My lab is determined to offer excellent research opportunities to advance your scientific career, strong academic interactions and collaborations across the neuroscience and other biology laboratories at UCSC and more. For additional information, please refer to the following webpage:


We prefer, but are not limited to, candidates with expertise in the following areas: (neuro)developmental biology with genomics experiences, molecular biology, virus engineering, electrophysiology and imaging, mouse surgery and handling related to neural circuit tracing and manipulations, and molecular and cellular neuroscience. Above all, outstanding applicants with strong quantitative skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested individuals should submit an application with a curriculum vitae, a brief cover letter including research interests, and the contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of reference to:


Euiseok Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

University of California, Santa Cruz


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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Closing Date: 30 June 2023

Scientific fields: Cell fate control and differentiation, Development and disease, Neural development, Gene regulation, Organogenesis

Model systems: Mouse

Duration: Fixed term

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