Postdoctoral Scholar – Microbial Pathogenesis-Suetterlin/Tan Lab

June 30, 2024

We are looking for highly motivated and scientifically curious individuals to fill NIH-funded post-doctoral scholar positions to study Chlamydia, the most commonly reported cause of infectious disease in the U.S

Research areas:

1) Developmental regulation: mechanisms by which Chlamydia uses its cell size, small RNAs and temporal gene expression to control differentiation between its replicating and infectious forms.

2) Host-pathogen interactions: how this obligate intracellular bacterium dysregulates the centrosome, cilia, cell cycle, the cytoskeleton and intracellular trafficking of the infected host cell.

These projects are a collaboration between Dr. Christine Suetterlin (Department of Developmental and Cell Biology) and Dr. Ming Tan (Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) and at the University of California, Irvine. Example of our work:

What we are looking for: Prior experience in cellular microbiology, cell biology and/or microscopy (confocal and super-resolution), high level of motivation and curiosity, strong organizational and communication skills

What we offer: Multi-disciplinary, mentored training in Chlamydia biology; diverse and inclusive work environment, opportunities to develop written and oral communication skills, mentorship for career development, life in fast-pace, exciting and almost always sunny Southern California

For questions, please contact Dr. Suetterlin ( and Dr. Tan (

Or you can create an applicant profile at and upload a current CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Research that includes a synopsis of previous research experience and specific interests in the ongoing work, Statement of Diversity Contributions, and contact information for 3 References.

The salary range for this position is $60,000-$71,952. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level. See Postdoctoral Scholar Scale for the salary range. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Additionally, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Substance Abuse (APM-190)(Drug Free Environment) and University of California Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy. Depending on the job duties of your position, you may also be required to comply with the University of California’s Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect policy.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.