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Professional Researcher (all levels) in interdisciplinary biotechnology research

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 16th, 2018
Last review date: Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 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, Oct 31, 2019 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.


The Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) is an Army-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The ICB is a uniquely interdisciplinary research alliance led by the University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology and partners from the Army and industry.

ICB research is driven by more than 50 premier faculty working together with graduate students project scientist, specialists, and professional researchers as interdisciplinary teams of biologists, chemists, physicists, psychologists, physicians, social scientists, and engineers. These teams develop biologically inspired, revolutionary technological innovations in systems and synthetic biology, materials science and engineering, biotechnology tools and cognitive neuroscience.

The ICB is actively seeking Professional Researchers (in the full, Associate, and Assistant ranks) to commit effort on ICB projects. This is a large, pooled recruitment covering many disciplines and research foci. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed through October 31, 2019. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department. The use of a pooled recruitment does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. Positions may range from part-time to full-time.

Professional Researchers are those who engage in independent research equivalent to that required for the Professor series.

Candidates for appointment, and subsequent personnel cases, will be reviewed on the following criteria:

1) Research qualifications and accomplishments equivalent to those for the Professor series, including demonstrated continuous and effective engagement in independent and creative activity of high quality and significance;
2) Professional competence and activity equivalent to those for the Professor series; and
3) University and/or public service at the Associate Researcher and Researcher ranks.

The ICB has a vast research portfolio, indicated by (but not limited to) the following to projects and disciplines:

  • Systems and synthetic biology
  • Control and dynamical systems
  • Photonic and electronic materials
  • Electronic materials and devices
  • Cellular structural materials
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Psychological and brain sciences
  • Medical/biomedical
  • Nanofluidics and microfluidics
  • Biomimetrics and biofilms
  • Automated analysis in online communication
  • Social media analysis and predictive modeling
  • Molecular, cellular, ecosystems, marine science, and biology research
  • Engineering, materials, and computer science research
  • Chemistry and biochemistry
  • Microfabrication
  • Nanofabrication
  • Atomic force microscopy

Salary is dependent on experience, qualifications, and hiring level. The UCSB salary scales may be found at

Basic Qualifications:

A doctorate or its equivalent at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:

Previous research experience in applicable or relevant field
Demonstrated independent research effort

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience in a lab and/or research group
Previous publication and/or scholarly activity
Experience as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on awards (or submitted awards)

To apply, please submit the following to

1) An updated CV
2) Statement of interest/cover letter
3) 1-3 samples of scholarly publications
4) Name and contact info of 3 references

Additional samples of scholarly work are optional, but may be requested at a later date if not provided at time of application.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Samples of scholarly work - 1-3 samples of published, in print, submitted, or in-preparation scholarly work (article, book chapter, book, etc.).

  • Samples of scholarly work (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)