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SOM: Pharmacology-Assistant Project Scientist-Hell Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 31st, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Sep 14, 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, Sep 30, 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 developing peptides with fluorescent molecular rotors (FMR) that fluoresce upon binding to specific proteins of interest. 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.


    This position requires highly motivated and skilled project scientist to develop peptides with fluorescent molecular rotors (FMR) that fluoresce upon binding to specific proteins of interest. The candidate will have at least 10 years of post-graduation expertise in chemical synthesis including some of it in organic synthesis. The candidate is expected to design and execute synthesis of activated FMR dyes and of libraries of peptides coupled to FMR dyes; screen libraries with various proteins; sequence peptides of interest and conduct a full-scale synthesis of such peptides.
    The successful candidate will have expertise in structure activity relationship analysis (SAR), NMR and MS analysis. Some experience with proteins is desirable. The successful candidate will be a member of our dynamic, interactive research team and will engage in scholarly discussions with colleagues on new ideas and concepts. The candidate will work on organic dye and peptide synthesis and screen peptide libraries with protein binding partners. He or she will perform skilled procedures, collect, and analyze data, and prepare respective figures for scientific publications.

    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:
• PhD in Chemistry.
• At least 10 years of relevant research experience subsequent to obtaining PhD (i.e., general and organic chemical synthesis, as supported by recent publications).
• Experience in designing synthesis of organic compounds
• Expertise 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 work both independently and as a team player.

For full consideration, applications should be received by September 14, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through September 30, 2020. Qualified applicants should apply online at by uploading a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 4-6 letters of recommendation from references, a contribution 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.

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 .

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus .

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter - A cover letter detailing 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