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Postdoctoral Scholar position in Neuroscience Research Institute (Yi Lab)

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee
Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay based on prior months of postdoc service (both domestic and international) before the start of appointment. See Table 23 and 23N (Hourly) for experience level minimums. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $64,480- $87,000. Salaries that are higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience level minimum, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: June 2024 or later
Position duration: Two years with possibility of renewal

Application Window

Open date: May 13, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Jul 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Aug 31, 2024 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 Neuroscience Research Institute and the Departments of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a Postdoc position.

The Yi Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join an interdisciplinary project that combines neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and epigenetics. The overall goal of our research is to investigate how epigenetics impact brain evolution and development, especially in the evolution of unique cognitive abilities and disease vulnerabilities in humans. This project focuses on large-scale comparative neuro-epigenomic analyses using single-cell approaches.

The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to interact with neuroscientists, primate biologists and anthropologists. The main duties of the postdoctoral fellow are to oversee genomic and epigenomic data collection and take a lead in the analyses of those data. Even though the main activities of the postdoctoral researcher will consist of computational and bioinformatics analyses, she/he will also have opportunities to design and participate in the experiments according to her/his interests.

The Yi lab is an interdisciplinary group of students and postdocs and project scientists from diverse backgrounds. 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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD program (or equivalent) except the dissertation defense in neuroscience, computational biology, genetics, evolution, bioinformatics, or a related field.

  • A minimum of one year experience in genomic data analysis (Python/R programming, proficiency with public databases).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Ph.D. in neuroscience, computational biology, genetics, evolution, bioinformatics, or a related field.

Preferred qualifications

Experience in single-cell genomic/epigenomic data is highly regarded.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Please expand upon your experience with genomic data analysis.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide the names and complete contact information for 3 references. The department will request reference letters for candidates who passed the initial selection criteria and moved onto the list of finalists.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA