Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology: Protease Inhibitor Specialist

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary


The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Protease Inhibitor Specialist. Under the direction of Professor Jordan Ward, the Protease Inhibitor Specialist will drive a research project exploring the role of a C. elegans Kunitz domain protease inhibitor in molting. The position will involve genetic characterization of this protease inhibitor and its role in molting, determining its localization through fluorescent microscopy, and identification of the substrates of the protease. The position will also involve supporting Ward lab operation working with undergraduates, maintaining and freezing strains, and supporting reagent requests. The candidate must be able to critically read scientific literature, and work effectively both independently and in teams.

Applicants with expertise in the endosomal trafficking pathways, identification of protease inhibitor substrates, and familiarity with lysosome biology are strongly encouraged to apply.

Junior Specialist


  • BA/BS (or equivalent foreign degree) in Biology or a related discipline at the time of application.
  • A minimum of one year of university-level, post-degree research experience with C. elegans genetics, microscopy, and genome editing.
  • Experience with advanced molecular biology, including Gibson cloning, Sap Trap cloning, and basic molecular techniques (PCR, DNA purification).
    Appointment will begin as soon as October 1, 2020

    Initial appointment will be full time for one year. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

    Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

    Please refer to Position # JPF00822-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae, which must include a list of professional references (required)
    Full consideration will be given to applications completed by June 12, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

    The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this 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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

    Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

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    Job location

    Santa Cruz, California


    Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of professional references.

  • * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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