Postdoctoral Scholar-Schilling Lab

June 30, 2024

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the Schilling lab in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine ( to study the genetic mechanisms that coordinate cell migration and cell fate determination during the embryonic development of neural crest cells in zebrafish.

We are interested in how highly migratory cells such as neural crest cells in vertebrate embryos acquire diverse fates such as cartilage, bone, neurons, glia or pigment cells. To address this issue, we take a very multi-disciplinary approach including transcriptomic/bioinformatics analyses, genome editing, zebrafish mutants/transgenics and computational modeling to dissect neural crest cell heterogeneity. We also study gene function using zebrafish mutants, many of which are models for human neural crest-related disorders including craniofacial birth defects, such as cleft palate.

We seek a highly motivated and career-oriented candidate with research expertise in developmental and/or cell biology and molecular genetics, preferably with some experience in bioinformatic analysis. We prefer candidates within a year before or after their graduation with a PhD. A track record of excellent first author publication(s) is required. The salary and benefits will follow NIH standards.

To apply, one should submit their curriculum vitae and the contact information via the following recruitment URL: 

Please apply by the initial review date listed above, for full consideration.

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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.

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.

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