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SOM: Pharmacology Project Scientist-Hell Lab 2019

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 20th, 2019

Next review date: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Feb 29, 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, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology invites applications for a full-time academic position in the Project Scientist series at the assistant rank. The working title for this position is Assistant Project Scientist-Hell Lab

This is a full-time, non-tenure, academic series position devoted to designing and executing experiments to study the functional effects of various binding partners of Cav1.2; collect, analyze and summarize data for scientific manuscripts; assist in training students and others. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program, it is generally assumed that individuals in this series will be supported by grant or contract funds, or recharge income. Appointees with this title may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Individuals in this series may submit grants by exception.


RESEARCH AND OTHER CREATIVE WORK 85% This position requires highly motivated and skilled project scientist to help lead the analysis of structure-function relationships of the voltage-gated L-type calcium channel Cav1.2. The candidate will have at least 10 years of expertise with respect to electrophysiological characterization of voltage-gated calcium channels when expressed in HEK293 cell lines and in native tissue such as cardiomyocytes or neurons. The candidate will also have a minimum of 10 years of experience with single channel recordings and their analysis including open probability and assembly averages. The successful candidate will perform skilled procedures, collect and analyze data, and prepare respective figures for scientific publications.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 help to determine research goals in consultation with Principal Investigator. He/She will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques.

Participate in appropriate professional societies and educational organizations, including taking a leadership role in organizations. Review papers and grant proposals and participate in service on research review boards. The candidate is expected to publish research results in peer-reviewed publications either independently or in collaboration with PI's team. The candidate will have to make presentations at scientific symposia and conferences.

a) Engage in scholarly discussions with colleques on new ideas and concepts.
b) Participate on committees at the department, school or campus level.

Basic qualifications:
• A PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Physiology or related field.
• A minimum of 10 years of relevant research experience (i.e, electrophysiological characterization of Cav1.2, as supported by recent publications)
• Some experience with subcellular fractionation and immunoblotting.
• Experience in designing and planning of research projects
• Experience in writing research papers and grant applications.
• Skill in analyzing and evaluating data.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
• Ability to work both independently and as a team player.

For full consideration, applications should be received by January 6, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through January 30, 2020. Qualified applicants should apply online at by uploading a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 4-6 letters of recommendation from references, a contributions to diversity statement, and a research statement.

The Pharmacology Department is housed in the UC Davis Genome Building and Tupper Hall with Department Chair, Dr. Donald M. Bers, Ph.D. The Department has strong links to the Cardiovascular Research Program, Center for Neuroscience, Physiology and Membrane Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Genome Center, and UC Davis Health System Cancer Center. The Davis campus is the third largest in the University of California system and ranks among the nation’s top 20 universities in research funding.
For more information about the Department of Pharmacology, please visit our website at:

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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

  • Cover Letter - Qualified applicants should submit a Cover Letter detailing their Qualifications for the position.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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
  • 4-6 letters of reference required