Open Position

JPF07925 Assistant or Associate Professor Faculty position

The Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center (SCRC) and the Department of Physiology & Biophysics in the School of Medicine (SOM)/College of Health Sciences (CoHS) at the University of California Irvine invite applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position focused broadly on Tissue Engineering and Stem Cells

This faculty hire will add to an existing cluster with a synergistic, interdepartmental concentration in stem cell-based tissue engineering that utilizes multidisciplinary approaches. Approaches of interest include neurotherapeutics, cancer stem cells, organs on a chip, 3D bioprinting, tissue specific organoids, cell engineering, gene therapy/genome editing, and immunomodulatory materials. Ideal candidates will have a neural focus, be collaborative, and have a multidisciplinary research approach within one or more of the following domains: 1) Novel strategies to control and direct stem cell differentiation in 3D microenvironments; 2) Functionalization/synthesis of novel scaffold materials for support of stem cell niches; 3) Applications of tissue engineering and highthroughput screening of therapeutic compounds to human stem cells or organoids.  

Academic appointment will be full-time at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, is open to PhD or MD/PhD scientists, and will include a generous start up package. Successful candidates will be expected to establish a robust extramurally funded independent research program that focuses on using or targeting human stem cells. Candidates will also be expected to contribute as members of UCI SCRC, fulfill departmental objectives, provide teaching in their discipline, and support the service missions of the institution. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested individuals should apply online through UCI RECRUIT at


The Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center (SCRC) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a dynamic center encompassing a diverse array of interdisciplinary investigators that span the schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Law. Our state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum certified research and clinical building houses 25 of our 65 center faculty members. Center faculty have obtained more than $200 million dollars in grant and foundation funding for their research programs. Our programs include undergraduate and graduate student training programs funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored T32 graduate student training grants. The SCRC also offers state-of-the-art core facilities and shared equipment. The SCRC further supports an active community education program that strives to increase public awareness and understanding of stem cell science and regenerative medicine, in conjunction with education of the next generation of leaders in stem cell science.


The SCRC seeks to appoint an Academic Coordinator to collaboratively envision, plan, implement, evaluate, and operate key education and outreach programs with faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders of our unit, with the goal of enhancing the overall impact of our collective research and education programs. Under the direction of the SCRC Director and CAO, and in close collaboration with multiple grant awardees (PD/PI), the incumbent will manage all educational and outreach programs for the Center, including serving as the training coordinator responsible for the continued development, implementation, and management of the NIH-funded T32 and CIRM EDUC4, EDUC5, and BRIDGES grants, as well as new certificate programs focused on clinical research with cell and gene therapies, and good manufacturing process principles, each expected to enroll a minimum of 2 cohorts of 5 trainees per year. The ideal candidate will also be qualified to be responsible for development, implementation, and launch of a new Master's program in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Finally, the incumbent will lead the planning and organization of SCRC educational and outreach events as well as aspects of SCRC external engagement including activities designed to stimulate and steward community philanthropy. The incumbent will be expected to work with faculty to identify and apply for grants and other funding opportunities to support SCRC educational initiatives and will serve as a collaborator and point of contact for SCRC faculty on outreach-based projects or outreach components of projects. 


Primary responsibility for the coordination of SCRC education and outreach programs, including:

  • Academic program planning and development
  • Assessment of programmatic and stakeholder needs, including surveys, interviews, establishment, analysis and tracking of metrics and deliverables
  • Development of proposals for extramural funding and identification of support resources
  • Coordination of existing programs across the SCRC with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Coordination of patient and healthcare engagement, and community outreach and education programming across SCRC training programs
  • Supervision and leadership of 1-2 FTE staff in support of education and outreach programming, as well as a trainee-volunteer program
  • Provide intellectual leadership and scholarship to the SCRC educational programs
  • Represent the SCRC at state and national levels in the public and private sector as programmatic liaison


Interested individuals should apply online through UCI RECRUIT at

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Postdoctoral Position, Induction, specification and differentiation Potential of Neural Crest Cells

Martín I García-Castro, Associate Professor Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, UC Riverside, CA

Our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for the formation and differentiation potential of the Neural Crest, a multipotent migratory stem cell of central relevance for vertebrate evolution and diversity, which is also involved in many human health conditions. We aim to uncover the molecular interactions governing NC formation and differentiation potential. We use a comparative approach in a number of amniotes (chick, rabbit, and human) to identify signaling pathways, trasncriptional and epigenetic mechanisms responsile for NC formation. We have pioneered work analyzing earlier events in the formation of NC in amniotes, and estalished a fast, robust and eficient human model based in pluripotent stem cells. Our research challenges current dogmas and has established novel paradigms for studying NC development in diverse species.

We are looking for passionate researchers with experience in molecular biology, stem cell biology and/or early embryology. Please e-mail CV, summary and relevance of your current research, a brief description of your interest in our lab, and the names of up to three references to:

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