center for systems

& synthetic biology

an NIGMS national systems biology center



Systems Biology Fellows @ UCSF

Systems Biology Fellows are a central component of the NIGMS-funded Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, which aims to break down boundaries in establishing new approaches to biology, as well as new applications of biology. The fellows should be creative and independent individuals with backgrounds in engineering, physics, mathematics and computer science, who are dedicated to applying quantitative approaches to the study of complex biological systems. Fellows will be free to pursue their own research interests and/or to collaborate with any UCSF faculty of interest. UCSF and QB3 provide an interdisciplinary and highly interactive collegial environment. The Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology is home to a vibrant scientific community pursuing cutting-edge research in quantitative biology. The fellows will also have close interactions with UCSF's iPQB graduate program harboring three tracks in Biophysics, Bioinformatics, and Complex Biological Systems.

The focus of the Fellows positions is primarily on creative computational and theoretical approaches to biological problems. Nonetheless, fellows will be immersed in outstanding experimental environments, presented with the opportunity to work in wet labs through collaboration, in addition to having access to UCSF's world-class shared experimental facilities. Appointments are for three years, with competitive salary and research support. Candidates must have strong quantitative backgrounds and have received, or are soon expecting, a Ph.D. degree in relevant areas. We are interested in applications from all exceptional individuals, and minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

We are not anticipating running a search for new Fellows in 2014. Questions regarding the application process and possible timing of the next Fellows search should be directed to the Center Director, Wendell Lim.

Visiting Professors and/or Scientists

Another way to bring expertise in the physical and quantitative sciences to the UCSF Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology is through visiting professors and/or scientists for a summer term or an academic semester. We will target having three visiting professors and/or scientists each year. Of the three positions, one will be targeted toward scholars who teach at academic institutions with a large underrepresented minority population. Having faculty members from such institutions spend time at UCSF will help give undergraduates at their home institution exposure to and opportunities in the emerging field of systems biology. It will also allow us to establish “sister institution” relationships with such undergraduate schools. Some Center funds are available for faculty and/or visiting scientists to support their stay. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

The James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) is supporting up to ten awards, $200,000 each over two years, for postdoctoral fellowships in complex systems sciences. The JSMF fellowships are not intended for students who have already identified a postdoctoral position and a postdoctoral research mentor.  Rather, these fellowships are designed to provide students in the final stages of completing a PhD degree more flexibility in identifying and securing postdoctoral training opportunities in complex systems research. Please visit http://www.jsmf.org/apply/fellowship/ for more information.