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Assistant Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 23rd, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, May 7, 2020 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: Friday, Jul 31, 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 Assistant Project Scientist (APS) makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The APS will work across Bliss-Moreau Laboratory funded projects and on archival data that are related to affective reactivity and social relationships. 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 Assistant 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 Eliza Bliss-Moreau, Ph.D., Core Scientist in the Neuroscience & Behavior Unit at the California National Primate Research Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. The Assistant Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.



Research activity (60%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the neurobiological basis of affect and social behavior in nonhuman primates. The appointee will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator (PI). The appointee will work across projects in the laboratory, specifically on experiments and data sets related to affective reactivity and social behavior. This will involve experimental design, data collection, training of animals, data analysis, and manuscript preparation (based on existing data sets as well as data that the APS collects) and publication in consultation with the PI. The candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, data collection, performance of assays, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments.

Publication (25%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets in collaboration with the PI and other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (5%)
The candidate will assist in preparation of grant 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 participate in meetings of 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 may attend seminars to present research results and may give oral or poster presentations to public and professional interest groups.


The candidate may engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies; and/or the candidate may engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)