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Assistant Project Scientist - Guo Lab

Application Window

Open date: February 19th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Mar 18, 2021 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, Feb 18, 2022 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.

Position description

The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Davis, is seeking one full-time Assistant Project Scientist. The purpose of this position is to make significant creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. 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 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.
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of Dr. Fuzheng Guo PhD. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. The candidate is expected to supervise students, technicians or fellows regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. Studies will include but not be limited to glial cell biology and pathology (oligodendroglia, astroglia, microglia and ependymal cells) in the healthy and diseased central nervous system (CNS) and developing novel therapeutic interventions for promoting myelin formation (myelination) and myelin regeneration (remyelination) in white matter injury or disorders. Methods used will include but not be limited to gene knockout in animal models, histological analysis and imaging, biochemical and molecular assessment of the brain, the optic nerve, and the spinal cord at RNA and protein levels, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Co-IP and LC-M/MS, primary glial cell culture and gene manipulations in the dish, behavioral assessment of mice and rats, and electrophysiological recordings of neurons and glia in acutely prepared brain slices. Candidates are expected to keep current in these fields and attend courses, seminars, and scientific meetings to learn new methods and keep up with advances in these fields.
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/bioinformatics 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.
The candidate is encouraged but not required to participate in service activities such as presenting research results to the general public or providing service to the university.
PhD in Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Genetics or related field
Completion of at least four years postdoctoral training in area of specialization at the time of appointment start.
Demonstrated ability to write scientific reports and has successfully published research findings in high impact-factor journals as the first author.
Demonstrated technical competency in a variety of research techniques and protocols.

Demonstrated ability to apply for research grant.

Application Process
For full consideration, applications must be received by March 18, 2021. However, the position will remain open until filled through February 18, 2022. The following information is required: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for at least 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.
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Application Requirements

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)

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