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Assistant Project Scientist -- Goldman Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 16th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Sep 13, 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 (JPF03002) in the Goldman lab.

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in her/his academic discipline. The appointee possesses 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.



Research activity
This position requires creative contributions and collaborative development of an active research program examining mechanisms underlying learning, memory and motor control. The primary goal of the research project is to develop and construct neural circuit models that help explain neural activity measured using electrophysiological and optical imaging techniques. The candidate will use advanced methods from adaptive control theory and statistical mechanics to build novel models that will give a deep understanding of how motor control functions are adaptively tuned using biologically plausible learning rules. The candidate will simulate the models and will analyze them using analytical methods. Expertise with the literature on oculomotor cerebellar circuits and functions is required.

The candidate is also required to devise algorithms and statistical methods to analyze electrophysiological/optical neural recordings of biological preparations obtained from collaborators.

The candidate will present research results in conferences and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PIs or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition
The candidate will assist in acquiring 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. 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 his/her specific field of neuroscience and may 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.

Candidates must possess a PhD with a focus on computational neuroscience and 5 or more years of postdoctoral experience in computational modeling of neural circuits, MATLAB/Python programming and analytical calculations. Additional requirements include strong analytical and computational skills demonstrated by a strong publication record; ability to use advance methods from control theory and statistical mechanics to derive and analyze circuit models for tuning motor control performance; fluency with programming languages such as MATLAB or python; expertise with neural data analysis and knowledge of the literature on oculomotor-related brain areas of the cerebellum and of zebrafish. Expertise in control theory as the candidate will develop novel theories on the role of the cerebellum in tuning motor control performance.

To Apply: Qualified applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, 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 2 pages) and contact information for 3 references via this URL: Closing date: all application materials must be received by September 9, 2019 to be assured full consideration.
Questions: Please direct questions to Mark Goldman,

The University of California, 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.

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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 2 pages)

  • 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)