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SOM: Pharmacology Assistant Project Scientist 2021- Bers Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 10th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Sep 20, 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 University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology invites applications for a full-time academic position in the Assistant Project Scientist series.

The successful candidate should have research interests aimed at deciphering the molecular pathway(s) through which cardiac myocyte electrophysiological, sodium and calcium signaling changes are involved in cardiac arrhythmias and mechanical dysfunction in heart failure and diabetes.

The incumbent will be highly involved in ongoing projects examining the pathophysiological regulation of calcium handling and ion channel function in cardiac myocytes. The duties of this position will be to carry out research, analysis and writing related to the following studies: 1) Delineating the molecular mechanisms of how diabetic hyperglycemia induces cardiac arrhythmias and how diabetic hyperglycemia synergizes with other stress factors to exacerbate the cardiac pathological outcomes; and 2) Deciphering the molecular pathway(s) through which sodium and calcium mismanagement and CaMKII signaling in cardiac myocytes contribute to arrhythmias in heart failure.

Basic qualifications for this position are as follows:
• PhD in Biomedical Sciences
• At least six years of experience in cardiac electrophysiology and a good publication record (1st author publications preferred)
• Extensive experience with fluorescence imaging of Na and Ca
• Extensive experience with CaMKII signaling
• Some experience with iPSC-derived cardiac myocytes in culture
• Management skills to organize the lab in accordance with planned experiments.
• Expertise to ensure the compliance with lab safety and biosafety regulation in UCDavis and other university and government policies.

Potential hazards in the laboratory may include human and animal tissue, adenoviruses and some carcinogenic substances.

For full consideration, applications must be received by 8/31/2020, however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2021. Qualified applicants should submit a Cover Letter detailing their qualifications for the position, a Curriculum Vitae, a Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact information for 4-6 references online at All documents need to be uploaded as PDF files. Please direct any questions to Brittany C Kolb

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:

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Detailing your qualifications for this position

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

  • Statement of Research

  • 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 required (contact information only)