Postdoctoral position to study autophagy and aging (La Jolla, CA)

A postdoctoral position is available in the Hansen Laboratory at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, to study the role of the cellular recycling process of autophagy in aging.

Autophagy (‘self-eating’) is a fundamental cellular recycling process linked to numerous age-related diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer. In the Hansen lab, we use a combination of cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and high-resolution microscopy primarily in the nematode C. elegans but also in mammalian cell culture systems, to understand how autophagy seemingly plays a protective role during aging and to help develop therapies against age-related diseases.

Interested candidates should have a PhD degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, physiology, or similar. He/she is expected to be highly motivated, talented, and hardworking, with a strong scientific track record. Applicants with backgrounds in aging biology and/or proteolysis, as well as prior experience with C. elegans are particularly encouraged to apply. All applicants are required to have good communication skills and be proficient in spoken and written English.

Applicant should send a current CV including list of publications, a 1-page statement of your previous research expertise, and a 1-page statement of your postdoctoral research interests, and along with contact information for three referees to Associate Professor Malene Hansen, For more information, see website:

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is located in La Jolla, California, in close proximity to other world-renowned research institutes and universities. The institute conducts innovative and collaborative research dedicated to finding cures for human disease, improving quality of life, as well as educating and training the next-generation of scientists. For more information, see