University of California, Davis

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cellular & Molecular Biology

Surgical and Radiological Sciences

SALARY: Dependent on qualifications and experience

START DATE: Negotiable; Spring/Summer 2021 Preferred


PhD in biological sciences or bioengineering is required. Record of success publishing in scientific journals and presenting at national/international meetings is required. Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere. Experience mentoring undergraduates in laboratory skills preferred. Experience preparing research grants preferred. Experience in molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid and protein extraction, PCR, Western blotting, microscopy) and primary cell culture required. Detailed knowledge of cell signaling required. Experience with single cell sequencing, proteomics, and R statistical software preferred.


Research: The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research using cellular and molecular biologic techniques in the Murphy-Russell-Leonard-Thomasy lab ( to study many aspects of ocular function including corneal physiology, signal transduction, innate immunology, and tissue bioengineering. Current projects investigate (1) the role of mechanotransduction on corneal endothelial cell function, (2) the modulation of corneal wound healing to limit formation of scar tissue, (3) the effect of nanoparticles on ocular health, (4) the induction of innate immune defenses of the eye, and (5) the key determinants in tear film stability. Collaborate with Principal Investigators in planning of project research goals and methods. Supervise students regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble- shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets in collaboration with the PIs or other members of the research team. Assist in preparation of research grant proposals and grant award compliance.

Professional Competence: Participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to specific field. Serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. Attend seminars to present research results and give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups or other settings as appropriate.

Service: University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, and other appropriate means is encouraged but not required.


To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by Monday, March 15, 2021; position open until filled. Interested applicants should email the following documents to (Dr. Brian Leonard).

  1. a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experience and career goals;
  2. curriculum vitae; and
  3. the names and addresses of three professional references to:
    Christopher J Murphy, DVM, PhD, Paul Russell PhD, Brian Leonard DVM, PhD and Sara M Thomasy DVM, PhD
    Attention: Denise Pennington, MSO
    Department of Surgical & Radiological Sciences
    School of Veterinary Medicine
    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA 95616

The MRLT Lab is an anti-racist lab. Discrimination based on race, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, or creed will not be tolerated. We celebrate diverse ideas, customs, science and people.

The University of California, Davis and the Department of Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Last updated: 2021-02-04