Postdoctoral Scholar in Cell Biology and Biochemistry
University of California Berkeley Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology
United States

Postdoctoral Scholar Employee in Cell Biology and Biochemistry -Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Job #JPF02621
  • College of Natural Resources - Nutritional Sci & Tox Dept

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 16th, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jul 17, 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 Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the Olzmann Lab, in the areas of Cell Biology and Biochemistry, at 100% time, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2020. (Earlier or later start dates will be considered.)

The Olzmann research group investigates the fundamental principles that govern organelle and lipid homeostasis in health and disease. The lab is particularly interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying:
1) The biogenesis and functions of neutral lipid storage organelles called lipid droplets;
2) Lipotoxicity, such as the pathways that govern oxidative lipid damage in ferroptosis.
The lab is also interested in the potential to target lipid storage and lipotoxicity pathways for therapeutic benefit in metabolic disease and cancer. The exact aims of the research project will be tailored to the expertise of the applicant and to complement the overarching Olzmann lab research interests.

The Postdoc will work closely with the PI as well as the other lab members to design and lead a research project examining the cell biology of lipid storage and lipotoxicity. The position also involves preparing grant proposals and manuscripts, data management and dissemination through presentations and publications, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Basic Qualifications (By application date):

  • PhD or equivalent international degree or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree program

Additional Qualifications (By start date):

  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) required
  • The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):

  • Demonstrated expertise in cell biology and biochemistry
  • Demonstrated experience studying membranes, organelle biogenesis, proteome dynamics, cancer metabolism, and cell death pathways is desirable
  • Demonstrated expericence with various methods such as: mammalian cell culture, live-cell imaging, proteomics, metabolomics, chemical biology, CRISPR screens, protein and lipid biochemistry, in vitro reconstitution, and membrane dynamics simulations.


This position reports to Professor James Olzmann. 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 Professor Olzmann,

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.

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
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