Position Description

The successful candidate for this part-time position will assist in laboratory management and some technical tasks. Laboratory management includes ordering supplies, record keeping, and participation in laboratory meetings. Technical work may include cell culture, western blots, PCR, flow cytometry, ELISAs, or other standard immunology assays.


Basic knowledge of general chemistry and some prior laboratory experience are required.


  • Apply by: May 5, 2024 
  • No. of Positions: 1
  • Title Code: 4921
  • Pay: $16.00/hour
  • FTE: 0.25
  • Work-Study: Accepted but not required
  • Location: Tupper Hall

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Multiple immediate NIH and DOD-funded Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in the Bhatnagar Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Bhatnagar laboratory is interested in epigenetic-therapeutic strategies for breast cancer and brain disorder. We use large-scale loss-of-function shRNA, CRISPR/Cas9 genetic screens, and comparative transcriptional screens. We use small molecule inhibitors, RNAi, immunotherapies, gene therapy vectors, and nanoparticles to generate effective therapies. Our laboratory is translational and will enable the translation of our preclinical findings to the clinic. We also collaborate closely with biochemists, clinicians, and geneticists to complement our translational approach to breast cancer and brain disorders. To support our ongoing activities, we are looking for postdoctoral scientists with experience in cancer biology or neuroscience. 

Our lab is a member of the highly interactive and collaborative Medical Microbiology and Immunology group, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UC Davis MIND Institute, comprised of an outstanding community of scientists and laboratories across the medical campus. Our laboratory has a strong track record in training students and postdoctoral fellows to become highly successful in academia and industry.   

The University of California Davis School of Medicine in Davis, California, is consistently ranked among the top schools in the nation for primary care training and research. The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation’s leading medical schools, committed to providing the best student-centered educational experiences. Our school encompasses a diverse group of medical and graduate students guided by faculty dedicated to improving lives and transforming health for all. As part of UC Davis Health, the School of Medicine is helping train the nation’s healthcare workforce and preparing them to become future leaders in health and research for our communities.

The University of California, Davis offers an exciting collaborative working environment, the possibility to interact with interdisciplinary research groups, and a HIGHLY competitive salary and benefits. Davis is the ultimate college town. It’s green, laid back, and friendly. You can walk or bike from the main campus to the main street in a few blocks. The university students fill up the tables at nearby restaurants and coffee shops with their laptops, homework, and friends. The town of Davis helps our students thrive.

Contact Dr. Bhatnagar directly (sbbhatnagar@ucdavis.edu; sanchitabhatnagarlab.org) for additional information about the project. 

Experience Required

The candidate must be highly motivated, independent, and interested in our projects. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in molecular biology, cell biology, neuroscience, or a cancer-related field. Although not necessary, the ideal candidate will preferably have experience with flow cytometry for cellular and immune markers, mouse husbandry, in vivo tumor experiments, iPSC models, mouse behavioral studies, and proteomics are also a plus. Successful, well-motivated candidates will join a highly interactive, interdisciplinary team of researchers with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a collaborative scientific environment. 

Job Duties

  1. Plans, directs, and conducts specialized and advanced research experiments.
  2. Contributes to grant writing.
  3. Writes manuscripts.
  4. Evaluates and analyze data.
  5. May establish new research protocols and procedures.
  6. Summarizes research findings and publish results in research journals. 
  7. May supervise research staff.

Additional Information

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a complete bibliography, and a statement of research interests to Sanchita Bhatnagar, Ph.D.; Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, UC Davis, sbbhatnagar@ucdavis.edu.