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Assistant Project Scientist - Tian Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 6th, 2019

Last review date: Friday, Sep 20, 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: Tuesday, Jun 30, 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.


The University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine seeks to hire a full-time Assistant Project Scientist.

The appointee will be required to make creative contributions and increase the collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area in sensor development and neuroscience.
Basic Qualifications: PhD in the fields related to neuroscience, molecular biology or biochemistry. The successful candidate must have 3 or more years of molecular probe development experience that involves use of experimental approaches in the areas of protein chemistry, molecular biology and tissue culture, fluorescence protein biochemistry, design and characterization of fluorescence probes using optical and biophysical methods, with two-photon experience preferred, and strong analytical skills. Experience with rodent surgery, electrophysiology, optogenetics or behavioral pharmacology are preferred but not necessary.

Research (60%):
Under the direction of Dr. Lin Tian, the candidate will be responsible for designing and conducting a series of experiments in the development and application of genetically encoded sensors of neural activity in living animals. Our main focus is to develop fluorescent indicators for monitoring all kinds of neural activity, including neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, ion channels, G-protein coupled receptors and probes for deep-brain imaging. The candidate should be able to mentor and provide guidance to junior and senior technicians, and work in a team-based laboratory environment, leading projects and working directly with PhD trainees.

Publication (10%):
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.

Grant Acquisition (20%):
This candidate may prepare and assist to develop research proposals independently or in collaboration with Dr. Lin Tian to compete 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, will interact with funding agencies, and prepare modifications of budget and other grant components as needed. When granted by the PI, the candidate will try to write grant applications for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations.

Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field 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 is encouraged to engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.

University and Public Service (5%):
The candidate will participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus, and other University entities, as appropriate.
For full consideration, applications should be received by September 9th, 2019; however, this position will remain open until filled or through December 31, 2019. Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, CV, and names and contact information of three references online.

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.
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 UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)