We are looking for motivated researchers to join our growing interdisciplinary group at one of the top research universities in plant and animal sciences.

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Research Opportunities:

Postdoctoral candidates

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with excellent biochemistry, plant biology and/or structural biology background to study the structure-function of hormone signaling and regulation by ubiquitin system in plants. A successful candidate should meet most of the following requirements:

  • PhD in Biochemistry and/or Structural Biology and/or Plant Biology (preferably not more than 1-2 years of postgraduate training).
  • Extensive experience with molecular biology and cloning techniques.
  • Excellent experience in protein expression systems (including E-coli and/or insect cells) and large-scale protein purification techniques (using chromatographical methods).
  • Excellent background in structural biology (x-ray crystallography and/or CryoEM).
  • Ability and desire to train junior scientists (good communication skills).
  • Experience in plant biochemistry and methodologies in Arabidopsis or Tobacco.

Please send your application directly to Dr. Nitzan Shabek, with the subject line: Postdoc in Structural Biology OR Plant Biology Application. Please include a cover letter that highlights your research experience & interests, CV, and contact information of 2-3 references. If possible, please use your current institution’s e-mail account when sending your application (otherwise it might go to junk mail).

Prospective Graduate Students

We are currently accepting graduate students who want to take part in our research, and learn the molecular secrets of nature from the atomic level to whole organismal biology.  You can join the lab preferably through PhD programs in the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (BMCDB), Plant Biology (PBGG), or Integrative Genetics and Genomics (IGG) graduate groups at UC Davis (contact Dr. Nitzan Shabek for more information about rotation in the lab). Dr. Shabek is also a member of the DEB Faculty (Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology), The Chemical Biology Group (CBP), the MCB T32 training program, and the Cancer Therapeutics Program (CTP).


We are welcoming motivated and curious undergrads who eager to gain extensive biotech research skill-sets and have ‘hands on’ experience on the latest biochemistry, structural and functional biology techniques.  A successful candidate should have an excellent background in biological sciences and some experience in laboratory procedures.  If you are interested in joining us – please contact Dr. Nitzan Shabek for more information.