Assistant Professor Position

Assistant Professor Position

The Department of Biological Chemistry (, a basic science department within the UCLA School of Medicine, is seeking applicants with a PhD and/or MD degree for a tenure-track faculty position in any area of biochemistry, molecular, cell, or developmental biology. Although preference will be given to applicants at the Assistant Professor level, exceptional candidates at the Associate or Professor level are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should have an excellent record of creative research accomplishments. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. The new faculty member will be expected to develop an innovative research program addressing fundamental biological questions and to contribute to departmental teaching. The position is state-supported with a guaranteed salary base, outstanding fringe benefits, and substantial start-up funds.

The deadline for submission of applications is October 30, 2016. Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae, a description of research plan (3-page limit excluding references), and three letters of reference electronically at under the “Biological Chemistry” heading (posting # JPF02482). References may submit their letters directly through the same website. 

The University of California 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. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

UCLA Career Hub

Professional Development

UCLA Career Hub advertises weekly seminars on both academic and non-academic career preparation co-sponsored by the graduate division and other UCLA entities. These seminars are targeted exclusively to PhD students and postdocs. This is an immensely important resource for your career development. Take advantage of these opportunities now before it is too late. 

Please visit and browse the upcoming opportunities or better yet, subscribe to the blog at the bottom of the Career Hub page, which will send you regular emails advertising each opportunity. For sure, paste the link into your bookmarks.


CEILS offers a number of training and practical opportunities to learn how to employ modern college teaching methods. Many of these are through UCLA’s membership in a national organization termed the CIRTL network, which teaches you how to teach and offers certificates of completion that can be listed on your CV when you apply for jobs. If you plan on an academic career, please consider taking the CIRTL online courses and participating in UCLA’s onsite CIRTL meetings. Please visit

Congratulations Kathrin Plath!

Kathrin Plath was selected as HHMI faculty scholar

Congratulations to Dr. Kathrin Plath for being selected to the inaugural class of HHMI Faculty Scholars, "early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field." Early-career researchers were selected from more than 1,400 applicants at 220 institutions. For more details, please visit:

Congratulations Weizhe Hong!

Weizhe Hong has received a research grant from the Whitehall Foundation and a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Weizhe Hong for receiving two prestigious awards: a research grant from the Whitehall Foundation and a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation! The Hong Lab studies the molecular basis and the neuronal circuitry underlying social behavior. To learn more, please visit his lab website at

Congratulations Kelsey Martin!

Dr. Kelsey Martin has been named Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Please see the full story at :


Giva Semi-Annual Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award

Grants for anyone attending a college or university worldwide

Two Award Cycles Each Year
Deadlines June 1st and December 1st

Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.


Giva will award $1000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions:

How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

The essay needs to be between 600-1000 words, and must be received by Giva no later than June 1st or December 1st of each year. A current resume must also be included with the essay. Giva will choose the scholarship winners and will award the scholarships by August 15th and February 15th of each year. Students can only apply once in any 12-month period.

In addition to the scholarship winners will be entered into Giva's six-month Worldwide Community Ambassador essay program. Giva will provide a social media platform wherein subsequent essays written by the award winners will be published on the Giva website, as well as other social media. The essays will reflect the personal experiences, perspectives and aspirations of the winners in order to encourage and inspire others.

Your educational institution must post this scholarship announcement on their public web site so that all students at your school have an opportunity to apply. If you found Giva's scholarship on another web site, please advise your school of our scholarship and ask them to please post it on their public web site. Otherwise, you will not be eligible.

Essays may be competitively judged in a public forum and posted anonymously on Giva's public web site for judging so do not include private information in your essay or anything you do not want posted on the Internet.

Eligibility & Applying

All students, regardless of major, currently attending a college or university degree program either full or part-time are eligible and encouraged to apply. The candidate must be enrolled and active as a student already, not a high school student and not waiting to attend the college/university. The award is for school tuition so the scholarship check will be written out to the student's educational institution. Giva employees, family relatives and vendors are not eligible.

In Giva's commitment to preserve our environment, we are only accepting electronic versions of the application. You must email your application, along with your essay and resume to Giva by the indicated deadline. Please see the application for emailing instructions.

Click to download an application.

Congratulations to Mike Carey and Tracy Johnson!

UCLA has been awarded an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) with Mike Carey (BC) and Tracy Johnson (MCDB) serving as its co-PIs.


IRACDA is a training grant for postdocs from all backgrounds, but women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply “to develop a diverse group of highly trained scientists to address the nation's biomedical research needs.” The application required a partner institution which in this case is CSULA (California State University, Los Angeles). Selected fellows are expected to dedicate 25% of their time to teaching including training at UCLA and a mentored teaching experience at CSULA.


It took a herculean effort by many people to secure this award. Please join us in congratulating Mike and Tracy for leading that effort! UCLA is one of only four institutions in California to have received the award.

Congratulations Dr. Grunstein!

Michael Grunstein awarded 2016 Gruber Prize in Genetics

Michael Grunstein has been awarded the 2016 Gruber Prize in Genetics. He will share the prize with David Allis of the Rockefeller University for pioneering work "in identifying and describing how histone modifications and chromatin structure affect gene regulation. Their groundbreaking discoveries not only revolutionized our understanding of molecular biology, but also were instrumental in launching the modern study of histones in epigenetics, with broad implications for human health and disease."


This is a tremendous honor and an incredible recognition of the impact of Michael’s work on the field of epigenetics. Michael now joins a list of illustrious scientists who have received the prize including Doudna, Charpentier , Fink, Blackburn and Robert Horvitz (for a full list, please visit Please join us in congratulating Michael for deservedly receiving this extraordinary award.


The press release by the Gruber Foundation can be found at According to the website the “Genetics Prize is presented to a leading scientist, or up to three, in recognition of groundbreaking contributions to any realm of genetics research … Beginning in 2001, the Prize – a gold medal and unrestricted $500,000 cash award – has been awarded for fundamental insights in the field of genetics. These may include original discoveries in genetic function, regulation, transmission, and variation, as well as in genomic organization.”


Congratulations Michael!!


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Kelsey Martin Featured in U Magazine

Kelsey Martin is featured in U Magazine Spring 2016: