Employment Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Molecular and Cellular Biology


The Tang lab in the Keck Science Department of the Claremont Colleges is offering an opportunity for a scientist to conduct research while developing teaching and research-mentoring skills with a group of highly motivated and talented undergraduate students. The Keck Science Department houses the biology, chemistry, and physics faculty for Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges (three of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges). The lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms by which the LAMMER-related protein kinases function in multiple steps of eukaryotic gene expression and their interplay with the cell cycle control. A post-doctoral fellow position is available to study the novel roles of the LAMMER-related kinases in gene expression and cell cycle regulation. In addition to conducting independent research, the post-doctoral fellow will coordinate the education/student training activities with the research projects, and design investigative labs to integrate research into upper-division courses in molecular and cellular biology. The post-doctoral fellow can participate in teaching a lecture or lab course if interested in. The opportunity of this position will provide a range of valuable experience for a scientist considering a future career combining research and teaching.

The position is funded for two years. Continuation of this position is dependent upon the availability of funding. The target hire date for this position is October 15.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reporting to the Principal Investigator (Dr. Zhaohua Tang) of the NIH-funded project, this position will work independently, and collaboratively, to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

The post-doctoral fellow will carry out the experiments involving undergraduate students to investigate the multi-faceted functions of the LAMMER-related kinases in eukaryotic gene expression including mRNA export, heterochromatic gene silencing and cell cycle regulation. She/he will conduct research employing genomic tagging/gene deletion, in vivo and in vitro protein assays, genomic data mining and analyses, fluorescence and indirect immunofluorescence microscopy.

In addition to carrying out the research projects, the responsibilities of this position also consist of:

•managing projects and the overall organization of the research laboratory and activities;
•mentoring students of diverse backgrounds in scientific research;
•coordinating the education/student training with the stages of the projects;
•participating and assisting in lab and/or lecture course teaching;
•designing Inquiry-based teaching labs for upper-division courses to improve students’ experience in authentic research.

Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position including but not limited to the following:


• Regular attendance.
• Ability to take and follow directions.
• Ability to work cooperatively with others.
• Ability to receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
• Ability to display a positive attitude.
• Ability to multitask.


We are seeking highly motivated candidates with expertise in molecular and cellular biology and an interest in research-teaching integration.

EDUCATION: Position requires a Ph.D. in molecular/cellular biology or biochemical sciences.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in various experimental approaches including, but not limited to, protein analysis, fluorescence microscopy and/or yeast genetics is desirable.

Expertise in molecular biology and genetics is preferred.

LICENSES: A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.

•Skills in genomic data mining and analysis is preferred.
•Ability to work independently in a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative environment.
•Proficiency in research methodology, oral and written communications, and cooperation.
•Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, and leadership skills to supervise, train, facilitate, motivate and inspire a highly diverse group of research students and teaching assistants.
•Self-motivated in pursuing excellence and hard working.
•Ability to operate computers proficiently with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook) and associated professional software as assigned. Use assigned technology to achieve goals and maintain confidentiality. Handle all activities and highly confidential information with patience, discretion, good judgement, courtesy and tact while working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Use exceptional organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and keen attention to detail.
•Demonstrated experience and ability to work safely within a laboratory setting.


HOW TO APPLY: Prospective candidates should submit an updated CV, a statement describing their research experience, scientific interest, career goals, and motivation to apply for this position. Please also include three letters of recommendation and the contact information of the references.

REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full-time position are negotiable 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 40 hours per week, 5 days per week, on a variable schedule. Overtime, holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule. This is a 12-month position eligible for benefits. The regular hours for this position may vary due to needs of the College, department or the lab.

CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is an exempt position. The position is funded for two years. Continuation of this position is dependent upon the availability of funding.

IPEDS Category Job Code: 19-0000 Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations

Physical Requirements: Moderate (up to 30 lbs.)

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: May mentor students’ research.

GROOMING AND APPEARANCE: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.

BACKGROUND CHECK: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.


Supervisory Harassment Prevention: Yes
Harassment Prevention: No
Mandatory Reporter: Yes
Responsible Employee: Yes
Clery Training: Yes
Bloodborne Pathogens: No

HOW TO APPLY: https://webapps.cmc.edu/kecksci/faculty/faculty_opening_detail.php?PostingID=16043

Prospective candidates should submit an updated CV, a statement describing their research experience, scientific interest, career goals, and motivation to apply for this position. Please also include three letters of recommendation and the contact information of the references.


In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the Claremont Colleges actively encourage applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups in higher education. The Claremont Colleges are an equal opportunity employer.