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Assistant Project Scientist

Application Window

Open date: May 4th, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, May 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: Saturday, Jul 31, 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.

Position description

The University of California (UC) Davis, School of Medicine, department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology seeks to hire a full-time employee as an Assistant Project Scientist. The position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program using epigenomic and bioinformatic approaches to investigate genetic and environmental interactions in early life.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing strategies to perform single cell WGBS in oocytes derived from animal models (mouse, sheep, macaque), development of bioinformatic pipelines for single cell analyses and integration of multi-omics datasets, and data analysis and visualization for multiple WGBS projects and collaborations. The candidate is expected to contribute to the experimental design, including the selection of appropriate methods and controls, supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research and troubleshooting, conduct a series of epigenomic analyses, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and assist in writing proposals and progress reports for funding from federal agencies or other sources. The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field of epigenomics 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. The candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.

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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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    PhD in Biology or other biomedically related field. 4-5 years of post-doctoral research experience in bioinformatics, human genetics, animal models of epigenetic effects of maternal stress and obesity, and cell culture models of human disease. The candidate should have extensive experience in the development of new bioinformatic tools and pipelines in R for epigenomics, analysis of whole genome bisulfite sequencing and RNA-sequencing data from a variety of different species, experimental design of WGBS and RNA-seq experiments in humans and model systems, and the optimization of DNA isolation procedures from dried blood spots. Excellent publication record and communication skills are required.

Preferred qualifications

    Experience in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in bioinformatics and data analyses. Experience and success in writing grants.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (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)
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Davis, CA