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Assistant Project Scientist, Wan Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 11th, 2019

Next review date: Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 11, 2020 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.


PROJECT SCIENTIST [2 positions available]
Dr. Wan Lab


The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to research projects in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the medical expertise and knowledge necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade his/her competency. The Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance and direction of a (Research) mentor in a substantial full-time program of advanced research and training beyond the doctoral level, in preparation for an independent career. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it, automatic Principal status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


As an Assistant Project Scientist, you will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. You will be expected to assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations to obtain research funding.

For the funded projects, you are expected to execute the proposed experiments. That includes trouble shooting and use of alternative approaches. You are also expected to work with other laboratory members to conduct team research using multidisciplinary approaches. You are expected to be productive and published at least two first-author papers per year in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, you are expected to generate reports and deliver scientific presentations as well as engage in teaching and mentoring post-doctoral fellows and other students in the lab.

Duties/responsibilities will include:
• Bench works to conduct experiments and animal research
• Document organization and record keeping.
• Data collection, organization and analysis.
• Manuscript writing.
• Grant writing and preparation
• Laboratory management including equipment maintenance, purchasing, chemical inventory, laboratory safety, cleaning, etc.

Research Activity (70%)
The candidate will be expected to conduct animal (mouse) and cell-based research projects to uncover mechanisms by which diets or food supplements through the gut microbiota affects metabolic-related health issues ranging non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, insulin-resistance, liver cancer, colon cancer, and cognitive decline. In addition, use animal models, the candidate will be expected to treat above-mentioned health issues using lead chemicals or microorganisms. The treatment strategy can be immunotherapy. A successful candidate should have experience and knowledge in animal research, metabolic diseases, gut microbiota, immunology, and/or cancer.
Publication (10%)
Candidates will be expected publish and present research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, scientific conferences in collaboration with the PI and other members of the research team.
Contract and Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring grants from federal and state agencies as well as other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by funding agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their specific field of metabolism or tumor biology as well as tumor immunology 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.

This position is full-time, 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday, but will require night and weekend coverage as needed by specific studies. Primary work site location is the University of California, Davis Medical Center- Research 3 building.

-PhD degree in Biological Sciences or related field
-Post-doctoral training and peer-reviewed publications
-Excellent English writing and communication skills

• Experience in liver or colon cancer research or metabolism research using animal models
• Knowledge or experience in immunotherapy or microbiome
• Possess good inter-personal skills and is a team player
• Experience in grant writing and submission
• Accountable and proactive

Apply to: with CV (required)

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCD positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (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)