Postdoctoral Scholar


Los Angeles, CA

Job posting number: #7075686

Posted: March 4, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Kurdistani Laboratory at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is seeking motivated postdoctoral fellows to pursue research on the newly discovered enzymatic activity of histone H3 in biology and disease (Attar et al. Science 2020). We employ a variety of model systems ranging from the budding yeast to embryonic stem cells as well as cancer cells to develop a mechanistic understanding of histone H3 copper reductase activity, and how alterations of this enzymatic activity may contribute to pathology of human diseases such as cancer and certain neurodegenerative disorders. For more information on our current and future projects and specific aims, please visit

Qualifications of suitable candidates include PhD, MD, or MD/PhD graduates with a strong background in molecular and/or cell biology. Candidates are expected to have expertise or some experience with molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and basic computational biology approaches. The ideal candidate would be highly motivated, excited about curiosity-driven research, and have clear and effective oral and written communication skills.

The laboratory is affiliated with the Department of Biological Chemistry, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, and the Molecular Biology Institute. We are a member of a highly interactive group of labs that are broadly interested in the biology genome, epigenome, and gene regulation. The intellectual environment is therefore superb with many opportunities for learning (e.g., journal clubs, seminars, weekly Departmental research meetings, etc.), collaborations, and cultivation of interest for a future career in academia or industry.

The appointment will be under the supervision of Professor Siavash Kurdistani in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. To apply, please email current curriculum vitae that includes names of three references and a statement of interest describing your reasons for seeking to join the lab to

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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