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Professional Researcher

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 11th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Jun 26, 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, is seeking a full-time Professional Researcher at the Assistant rank.

The candidate of choice will join the internationally recognized research environment of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center as well as associated neuroscience programs such as the Imaging of Dementia and Aging (IDeA) laboratory, the Center for Mind and Brain, the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) institute and the Center for Neuroscience. The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is one of only 30 research centers currently designated by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging. The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has a vast research portfolio and has been continuously funded for over 28 years.

Research (85%)
The Professional Researcher develops and oversees his/her own independent, creative, and high-quality research program equivalent to that required for the Professor series. He/she takes major responsibility and leadership for his/her programs. Generally, the appointee is expected to secure funding as a Principal Investigator, but may be funded as a co-PI within a large center or collaborative program grant on which many independent investigators are working, as long as it is clear that the activities led by the professional researcher within the larger project constitute his/her own independent research program. Appointees do not have teaching responsibilities.

The candidate is required to develop an independent research program on genetics of aging cognitive, brain imaging, serum biomarkers and neuropathological endophenotypes. The ideal candidate will have experience in genetics, imaging, serum biomakers and neuropathology as well as experience with animal models of disease. The successful candidate for this position will join the Imaging of Dementia and Aging (IDeA) laboratory and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UC Davis. These structures will bring extensive resources related to highly precise cognitive assessments, extensive medical and family histories, medication use, RNA, DNA and serum biomarkers along with, amyloid and tau PET imaging as well as longitudinal quantitative MRI imaging.

The candidate will devise and conduct studies on genetics of aging cognitive, brain imaging, serum biomarkers and neuropathological endophenotypes; collect, summarize and analyze data work with data core leader to link with other ADC data; publish research results in peer-reviewed journals as first and senior author; prepare reports on research findings working closely with other ADRC and IDeA laboratory faculty; and, develop a unique area of research expertise and contribute significantly to research grant applications to achieve full support as a Co-Investigator.

Other activities may include managing the budget and the project; supervising employees paid on the budget; writing and submitting progress reports to funding agencies; and, train, consult

with and advise graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with regard to experimental design and data analysis of studies conducted in his or her area of expertise.

Professional Competence (10%)
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 give research presentations at national and international scientific meetings. When appropriate, the candidate may be requested to coordinate seminars and laboratory meetings.

Public Service (5%)
Although not required for the Assistant rank, the candidate is encouraged to engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching full classroom courses is not an expectation of this position. The candidate will also engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals or public agencies.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in Neuroscience or related field. Completion of postdoctoral appointment in area of specialization, as applicable.


Experience in genetics, imaging, serum biomakers and neuropathology as well as experience with animal models of disease.


For full consideration, applications must be received by June 10, 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 Department of Neurology and UC Davis Health teaching hospital are nationally ranked in US News & World Report. Sacramento is centrally located near San Francisco, the Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe with an ideal Mediterranean climate and is one of the top sunniest cities in the U.S. As the capitol of California, it has one of the most diverse populations in the nation.

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.

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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. Mo

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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 required (contact information only)