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Assistant Project Scientist, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Hunter Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 17th, 2018
Last review date: January 7th, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: March 1st, 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 Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of California at Davis seeks to hire a full-time employee as an Assistant Project Scientist to perform research duties in the Hunter Lab which studies the meiosis, with a current focus on the regulation of meiotic recombination by post-translational protein modification.

Research Activity
The successful candidate will work on NIH and HHMI funded projects that examine the role of the SUMO modification system in regulating meiotic recombination. The work will involve mouse husbandry and engineering by CRISPR/Cas9; immunohistochemistry; immunofluorescence cytology; Western analysis; proteomics; in vitro oocyte culture; and in vitro culture of reconstituted ovaries. The successful candidate will also supervise undergraduate and graduate students, curate and analyze data, draft papers and help write research grants.
The candidate will be able to lead complex research projects independently, in consultation with the PI and with the assistance of other members of the lab team. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as the lab is a diverse team in terms of scientific and personal backgrounds.

The candidate will publish research in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PI and/or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition and Professional Activity
The candidate will assist with 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.
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field of study and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. She/he 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.


Minimum Qualifications :
Ph.D. in cell biology, animal sciences, molecular-cell biology, or related fields.

More than 5 years of research experience post-PhD.

The ability to work independently at a high level of competence on complex projects, as evidenced by leading projects resulting in peer- reviewed publications.

Skills and a track record of trouble shooting and optimizing lab protocols.

Experience with rodent husbandry and transgenics; cell/organoid culture; immunofluorescence microscopy; and standard molecular genetics

Preferred Qualifications:

(one or more)

Experience studying reproduction in mouse

Experience with genome engineering with CRISP/Cas9

Experience with confocal and super-resolution imaging

Experience using mass spectrometry

Research or university-level coursework in meiosis and/or reproductive biology

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (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.

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