Postdoctoral fellows

We are looking for highly self-motivated postdocs to join our growing team. In particular, we seek to hire 1-2 postdoctoral scholars to carry out projects aimed at designing and applying specialized genetic systems for rapid mutation, continuous protein and enzyme evolution, and continuous cellular barcoding (click here for more information and to apply). In addition, we seek to hire 1 postdoctoral scholar to complete a project aimed at in vitro reconstitution of a special DNA replication system (click here for more information and to apply). Applicants are also encouraged to contact Prof. Liu for more details.

Graduate students

We are looking for dedicated and creative graduate students to join our growing team. We accept graduate students primarily through the following UC Irvine graduate programs: the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, the Chemistry Graduate Program, the Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Program, and the Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology ProgramPlease contact Prof. Liu with inquiries.


We are accepting applications for 1-2 Jr. Specialists to join the laboratory and help carry out a synthetic biology project in mammalian cells. Please click here for more information. Applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, name/addresses of three references, and a cover letter outlining their interest to our online RECRUIT system at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04172.

Undergraduate researcher

We are not currently accepting applications for undergraduate researchers. Please check back later.

Training philosophy

Our training goal is to ensure that every student and postdoc leaving the lab has the capabilities, ambition, and scientific maturity needed for an impactful career. To do this, we constantly remind ourselves of three principles:

1) Mentorship is an essential part of a good research program. Each member of the group constructs an individualized research and career development plan with Prof. Liu and has regular meetings with Prof. Liu to ensure that they are on track and developing to their full potential. Senior graduate students and postdoctoral fellows help Prof. Liu mentor junior students.

2) Excellent scientists work best in the company of other excellent scientists. We strive to recruit the best people and maintain a culture of excellence and dedication.

3) Science thrives in a fun, supportive, and interactive environment. We strive to build a lab environment full of excitement, energy, collaboration, support, and enjoyment.