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Project Scientist - Brashear

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 28th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Jun 28, 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: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 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 Neurology at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for a Project Scientist position at either the Assistant, Associate or Full ranks for a 60-80% time position. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual with the appropriate background and/or experience capable of interacting with our many collaborators and working with a high degree of independence on behalf of the supervising Principal Investigator.

Candidates should have a PhD in neuroscience, genetics, biochemistry, or related field. A broad range of skills are required including the ability to translate the deliverables and vision of the research area of School of Medicine Dean Allison Brashear – Rapid Onset Dystonia-Parkinsonism (RDP) and Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) into tactical milestones. Excellent interpersonal and organization skills, and strong communication (oral and written) skills are required. The position is funded by extramural grants and institutional support.

The candidate will be expected to make significant creative contributions to the research projects. The appointee will 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. The appointee will be expected to supervise and mentor graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and other research staff. They do not have formal 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.

The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team. The candidate will help with data acquisition, data analyses, data reduction, bioinformatic analyses, statistical analyses, and other functions necessary for publication by the candidate and other members of the group. The candidate will assist with literature review for each publication, and with either doing the initial draft or participating in editing manuscript drafts from others in the group. The candidate will assist in writing 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 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.

PhD in Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Genetics or related field.
Completion of postdoctoral appointment in area of specialization, as applicable.

Demonstrated ability to write scientific reports and has successfully published research findings in high impact-factor journals.
Demonstrated technical competency in a variety of research techniques and protocols.

Application Process:
For full consideration, applications must be received by June 28, 2020. However, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2021. The following information is required: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for 3 references . Qualified candidates should apply online at:

The UC Davis School of Medicine and the Department of Neurology is committed to building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation.

UC Davis is the only California University with both a Medical School and a School of Veterinary Medicine. The School of Medicine and Department of Neurology integrates teaching, research, and service to society, defining the frontiers of engineering knowledge, and training the next generation of engineers to address the emerging needs of the nation and the world.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) are strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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 college.

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 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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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • 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.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)