Postdoctoral Scholar - Metabolic and Stem Cell Biology

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May 13 2019
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Postdoctoral Scholar - Metabolic and Stem Cell Biology
Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
University of California, Berkeley

There is an opening for two (2) postdoctoral positions in the lab of Dr. Andreas Stahl in the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology at UC Berkeley. The aims of the positions will be tailored to the expertise of the successful applicant and complement the Stahl Lab's broad interests in the engineering of metabolic fluxes.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, acceptance and academic excellence make it a very special place for students, faculty and postdoctoral scholars.

The following areas are sought:
Metabolic Biology/Bioengineering
Activating brown adipose tissue holds the promise of burning excess calories and thus might lead to new strategies for fighting obesity-related disorders. As outlined in our recent Cell Metabolism paper (PMID:29514068), we have uncovered evidence for a new mechanism of brown adipose tissue activation that involves the creation and sensing of intracellular tension, which we want to characterize further by identifying its molecular components.

Stem Cell Biology/Bioengineering
As part of a multidisciplinary team we are working on novel approaches to expedite the search for obesity and diabetes treatments by developing new microfluidic devices that combine human stem-cell derived tissues with each other to simulate normal and diseased hormonal and metabolic interactions.

The postdoc will work closely with the PI, collaborators, and our dynamic lab crew to design and lead research. The position also involves preparing grant proposals and manuscripts, data management and dissemination, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate across biological disciplines, identify and troubleshoot promising new methodologies independently, and use the appointment to develop and pursue novel, exciting questions.

Basic Qualifications:
PhD or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:
PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date. The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred Qualifications:



  • Demonstrated expertise in cell biology and/or bioengineering
  • Demonstrated expertise in human stem cell biology
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific results and to publish papers in international peer- reviewed journals


The targeted start date for this position is Summer 2019. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on performance and funding availability. This is a full time appointment.


Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary range for this position is $50,760 to $59,100. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are included


How To Apply


Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek candidate permission before contacting references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality:


The recruitment will remain open until filled.


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