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Assistant Project Scientist in Neurodevelopment and Cell Biology

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Project Scientist
Salary range: See Table 37B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $71,500 - $91,000
Percent time: 1 year
Anticipated start: December 2023
Position duration: 12 months

Application Window

Open date: September 6, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Sep 25, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Nov 25, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

This position requires creative contributions to an active research program investigating primary cilium in the developing brain. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. The candidate will design projects related to neurodevelopment and cell signaling, including selecting appropriate methods and techniques. The candidate will involve in technique development, troubleshooting, results interpreting and planning for the follow-up experiments. In some cases, the candidate will supervise and provide technical training to students or technicians. The candidate will participate in the writing of lab safety protocols and animal protocols.

The candidate will participate in the preparation of manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets in collaboration with the PI and other members of the research team. The candidate will assist in proposal writing for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will give presentations on his/her research at laboratory meeting or other professional conferences.

The candidate will engage in public outreach activities, including presenting scientific research results to the general public, and supervising research participants specified in related federal grants.


Basic qualifications

The candidate needs to have a PhD degree in the related areas and postdoc research experience in cell biology, neurobiology and developmental biology. Research experience with cell culture and animal model is required.

Preferred qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with profound experience in proximity labeling and proteomics.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Merced, CA