The Atwood Lab ( located at the University of California Irvine in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to lead a project defining epidermal stem cells across in vivo and organoid skin systems. The goal of this project is to use single cell transcriptomics, spatial imaging data, and genetic alterations of human skin equivalent organoids to define and improve how epidermal stem cells differentiate into mature keratinocytes. The applicant will work with collaborators generating new bioengineered substrates and mathematical and computational analyses to facilitate the generation of skin organoids that closely resemble their in vivo counterparts.

This is a multi-year, fully-funded position that will use patient samples, human skin equivalent organoid models, and cultured primary cells to define human skin equivalent organoids and use them to dissect essential signaling pathways in human skin tissue. Ideal applicants will have a background in molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and/or bioinformatics with proficiency in mammalian cell culture, organoid culture, and an interest in projects that directly interface with patient subjects.

The Atwood Lab is affiliated with the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (, the Center for Complex Biological Systems (, the NSF-Simons Center for Multiscale Cell Fate Research (, and the UCI Skin Biology Resource Center (, which allows for a vibrant multi-disciplinary approach to science. In addition, the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology has instituted a program for postdoctoral mentorship ( to foster career development for postdocs in the department. Our collaborative environment in the perennially sunny and temperate climate of Orange County makes for an ideal setting to pursue scientific training at a top-rated research institution while enjoying the diverse environment and beauty of California.

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, cover letter that includes current research interests and motivations for applying to this position, and the names of three references.

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Candidates are encouraged to apply by the initial review date, but the position will remain open until filled.


The University of California, Irvine 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.