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Assistant Project Scientist -- Baar Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 22nd, 2019
Last review date: Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 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.


The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for an Assistant Project Scientist position (JPF02986) in the Baar lab. This position will initially be 50%, with the possibility of increasing to 100% depending upon funding and candidate availability.

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in her/his academic discipline. The appointee must possess the subject matter expertise 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. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc.), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the nutritional regulation of human health and performance.

Research Activity
Develop novel projects based on the role of nutrition in the optimization of musculoskeletal adaptation to exercise. The candidate will work with Professor Baar to determine their research goals in support of the overall lab goals. Once projects have been identified, the candidate will help develop the appropriate methods and techniques to address the research question. They will coordinate IRB approvals for these human studies and will supervise students and/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 results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team according to the Policy on the Determination of Authorship in the Functional Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Grant Acquisition
The candidate will pursue their own external funding as well as assisting Prof Baar in acquiring funding from federal and state and private funding organizations. They will assist in the preparation of reports as required and will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications as needed.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to nutrition for human health and exercise performance and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. They will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, they may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in exercise physiology or related field. Applicants should have at 10 years of experience initiating, conducting and publishing research studies in exercise physiology, with a focus on the metabolic and hormonal consequences of energy deficiency and exercise training. In addition, relevant skills include experience performing ELISA assays for hormone determination, using a GnRB knee laximeter, and performing body composition analysis (skinfolds, bio-impedance, and densitometry techniques), fitness testing (VO2max and lactate), and dietary analysis techniques (weighed food logs and dietary recalls). The candidate should also have experience securing research funds, designing exercise training protocols, writing and working closely with the IRB and recruiting subjects, collecting performance data, and analyzing statistical data. Applicants should submit materials online at: Please include a curriculum vita, a description of past research experience (up to 2 pages) and a personal statement including future research interests (if hired into this position) and career goals (up to 1 page) and contact information for 3 references. Closing date: open until filled, but all application materials must be received by August 11, 2019 to receive full consideration. Administrative contact: Dianna Smith; Faculty contact: Keith Baar, For more information on this position and UC Davis in general, please visit the following web site:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter - Personal statement including future research interests (if hired into this position) and career goals (up to 1 page).

  • Statement of Research - Description of past research experience (up to 2 pages)

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)