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Project Scientist - Brain Endowment for Autism Research Sciences (BEARS) & Brain Endowment for Mental Health

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 31st, 2018
Last review date: September 1st, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019
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.


The University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for a Project Scientist position at the Assistant/Associate level.

This position will require the applicant to make significant contributions to research and grant writing on the cellular and molecular neurobiology of human brain development, autism and schizophrenia and program management of two brain tissue collection programs: Brain Endowment for Autism Research Sciences (BEARS) and Brain Endowment for Mental Health. The successful candidate for this position will have expertise on human and nonhuman primate brain neuroanatomy and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency.

The candidate will oversee all aspects of two brainbanking programs. The appointee will be responsible for each stage of the human brain tissue collection and processing process as well as supervise a junior specialist. The appointee will be required to work occasional evenings as needed. The candidate will assist in writing proposals 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 and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of the cellular and molecular neurobiology of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. The candidate will publish research in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field of neuroscience and brainbanking, and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Assisting with teaching laboratory courses is optional. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

This recruitment is conducted at the Assistant/Associate rank. The selected candidate will be hired at the Assistant/Associate rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

This position is open effective July 31, 2018. Applications should be submitted by September 1, 2018 for initial consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled or June 30, 2019.

Qualified applicants should upload a Letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, along with contact information for 3 to 5 references online at:

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Letter of Interest

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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