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Project Scientist - Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI)

Application Window

Open date: March 9th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Apr 8, 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: Wednesday, Mar 9, 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 Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for one or more positions in the Project Scientist series. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual with the appropriate background and/or experience in radiochemistry, development of molecular imaging agents and cyclotron operation.

Candidates should have a PhD in chemistry, chemical/biomedical engineering, or related a field. A broad range of skills in PET radiochemistry or molecular imaging, design of PET radiotracers, preclinical studies, good interpersonal and organization skills, strong communication (oral and written) skills, and ability to work alone are required. Candidates should have at least 2 years of post-PhD experience.

The position is funded by the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging. It is anticipated that approximately 70-90% of the time will be spent in designing and implementing new radiochemistry methods and technologies, synthesizing PET radiotracers, assisting in operations of the CMGI cyclotron and radiochemistry facility, and contributing to grant proposals and manuscripts. The remaining 10-30% of the time will be devoted participation in the daily lab activities of the lab, training of other researchers (e.g., graduate students) in the scientific method, as well as coordinating or giving scientific presentations. Renewal of the appointment will be contingent upon performance and the availability of continued funding.

The Project Scientist is evaluated for merit and promotion based on evidence of contribution to the center’s program, authorship in peer-reviewed publications and conference papers, active dissemination of information and other evidence of expertise. The Project Scientist will maintain professional competence and perform university and public service. Candidates with experience or willingness to engage in activities that contribute to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

The Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI) is a UC Davis-designated core facility that provides resources for in vivo small animal and biospecimen imaging. It is located in Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility on the Davis campus. The CMGI offers resources for a broad range of imaging modalities, including microPET, microSPECT, microCT (specimen and in vivo), microMR, and optical imaging. The facility also houses a biomedical cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities, and is immediately adjacent to a rodent vivarium facility. The CMGI is staffed with experts in animal handling, physiology, radiochemistry, imaging and image analysis. The center has a track record of engaging with projects involving investigators from all six colleges and schools at UC Davis (over 100 campus labs), and has an established training program for students and trainees wanting to learn in vivo imaging. The center also partners with the California National Primate Research Center, the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program Mouse and other major centers across campus.

The College of Engineering, administrative college of the CMGI, 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.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering, the administrative department of the CMGI, is the newest Department in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis. It is housed in the interdisciplinary Genome and Biomedical Sciences Building alongside faculty in the Genome Center and several School of Medicine programs, including Pharmacology. The UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. The Departments of Radiology and Internal Medicine have a vibrant research environment encompassing and very close links with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the CMGI.

UC Davis is the only California University with both a Medical School and a School of Veterinary Medicine. The College of Engineering 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

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)