Job Opportunities

Exciting new opportunities for two-year post-doctoral fellowships at the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) at the University of California, San Diego

The UC San Diego campus has been fortunate to receive a path-breaking gift from the Tata Trust in India to create the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS). TIGS will have operations on the UC San Diego campus and in India. Starting January 1, 2017, there will be fully-funded, postdoctoral training opportunities for Ph. D. or equivalent candidates (< 3 years past Ph.D. degree) to be trained in the field of Active Genetics in connection with work on the Institute Aims listed below. The best candidates also will have the possibility of exciting job opportunities and incentives for continuation of the work at a new institute called TIGS-India to be created in summer 2017 in India.

Funding: will be available for a maximum duration of two years, subject to a clear definition of project aims, biannual project reports, formal annual presentations and an annual evaluation of significant progress both by the UC San Diego faculty mentor and a UC San Diego Advisory Group chaired by the Associate Director of the Institute. Each award covers the costs of the postdoctoral stipend, benefits, lab supplies, travel, and equipment.

Applications: Interested applicants, should forward their CVs, list of publications, a statement of specific interest in one or more of the Aims below and references to the Biology site. Applications are encouraged from diverse candidates, but preference will be given to those who are interested in continuing this work at TIGS (TIGS-India is to be created in India in 2017) upon completion of the post-doctoral training at UC San Diego.

Institute Aims

1. Vector borne diseases

  • Building and testing the efficacy and fitness of next generation gene-drive constructs in mosquitoes and possibly other insects in pilot experiments
  • Contribute to identification, characterization of test sites for field trials and mitigation
  • Contribute to regulatory and community engagement processes

2. Cancer Cell Therapy

  • Build active genetic insertional elements and apply active genetic elements to cancer cell therapy strategies

3. Accelerate Agricultural Research

  • Develop active genetics in plants and test its application to propagate desired traits in agricultural strains

4. Reduce Antibiotic Resistance

  • Develop active genetics in bacteria and apply it to eliminate genes conferring antibiotic resistance

5. Economics, Ethics and Public Policy Implications of Active Genetics

  • Study the ethical implications of active genetics and gene drive technologies
  • Evaluate cost vs benefit issues relating to use of active genetics and gene drives
  • Work with stakeholder and community groups to create socially conscious policies
  • Education and communication regarding the use of active genetics versus other technologies

For information on TIAGS and Active Genetics and some of its possibilities, see –