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Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Digestive Diseases 2021-22

Application Window

Open date: August 20th, 2021

Most recent review date: Monday, Sep 6, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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 Jacobs Laboratory in the UCLA Microbiome Center and the Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral position in microbiome science. The laboratory studies the role of intestinal microbes in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other gastrointestinal diseases using a combination of multi-omics analysis of human cohorts to define microbiome-phenotype associations and in vivo models to elucidate underlying biological mechanisms.

The candidate will investigate the hypothesis that IBD-associated genetic variants disrupt pathways that regulate the intestinal microbiota, thereby creating a microbial pre-disease susceptibility state. This will be pursued through the use of gene edited and conditional knockout mice to model the effect of IBD-associated genetic variants on the microbiome. The relevance of these microbial shifts will be further investigated through the use of gnotobiotic mice colonized with human or mouse microbiota.

A PhD is required. Applicants must have extensive experience using animal models and molecular biology techniques in their prior scientific projects. Direct experience with microbiome research is welcome but not required. Prior bioinformatics exposure is not necessary.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. is required

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate‚Äôs past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA