Postdoctoral scholar and technician working on transcriptional and epigenetic control of metabolism

Berkeley, California (US)
October 03 2019
Metabolism, epigenetics, UC Berkeley
Position Type
Full Time
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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR and RESEARCH ASSISTANT – Transcriptional and Epigenetic control of metabolism – Dr. Sona Kang Lab at the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, UC Berkeley

A post-doctoral position and a technician position are available in the lab of Sona Kang at the Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at UC Berkeley ( Our research program focuses on the transcriptional and epigenetic basis of metabolic dysregulations, in particular, obesity and type 2 diabetes. We seek to identify the core epigenetic transcriptional mechanisms underlying these disease conditions, validating physiological significance, and to identify therapeutic interventions. We apply multiple traditional wet lab techniques and global profiling approaches in vitro and in vivo.

We are looking for self-motivated, detail-oriented, and collaborative applicant who can efficiently work in a fast-paced environment. High level of independence and the ability to think critically are expected. PhD candidates (bachelors for technician) with soon expected graduation are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have an expertise in one of the following areas: molecular and cell biology, metabolic phenotyping of mouse models, and global profiling studies. The successful candidate will lead project(s) requiring technical expertise such as metabolic characterization of mouse models, cell culture studies, and/or biochemical studies.

Our recent publications

Kang S, Tsai L, Zhou Y, Evertts A, Xu S, Garcia B, Epstein CB, Mikkelsen TS, Rosen ED. Epigenomic and transcriptional analysis identifies two nuclear pathways of insulin resistance.  Nat Cell Biol. 17, 44-56, October, 2015.

You D, Nilsson E, Tenen DE, Lyubetskaya A, Lo JC, Jiang R, Deng J, Dawes BA, Vaag A, Ling C, Rosen ED, Kang SDnmt3a is an epigenetic mediator of adipose insulin resistance. eLIFE.: e30766. doi: 10.7554/eLife.30766, December, 2017

29. Bian F, Xiang M, Villivalam SD, Choy LR, Paladugu A, Fung S, and Kang S. TET2 facilitates PPARγ agonist–mediated gene regulation and insulin sensitization in adipocytes. Metabolism, Sep 5. pii: S0026-0495(18)30174-4, 2018



Interested applicants should directly e-mail Dr. Sona Kang at a single PDF file that includes cover letter and CV and names/contact information of at least three individuals for references.


The initial appointment is for 12 months, with renewal based on performance and funding. This is a full-time appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoc salary scale. The annual salary range for this position will be determined by UC Berkeley guidelines (post-doc) and (research assistant).  Generous benefits are included (


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