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Assistant Project Scientist

Application Window

Open date: September 14th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Oct 11, 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: Tuesday, Mar 15, 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 School of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified Assistant Project Scientist.
The full time position of Assistant Project Scientist will focus on the study of translational cardiology, cardiac genetics and pharmacogenomics. Emphasis will be directed towards development of large animal models of cardiovascular disease but will also aid in clinical investigations that overlap with the clinical service of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. In particular, the project scientist will move between phenotypic investigations, genetic studies, and trials of novel therapeutics for disease processes such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy. The appointee will be directly engaged in benchtop research under the guidance of the Principal Investigator and is expected to make significant and creative contributions. Although the Assistant Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program, they are not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. They will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal status. Further, the appointee will participate in the writing and editing of grants, manuscripts, and protocols, that result from their own creative contributions and those contributions of the lab members. The Assistant Project Scientist does not typically serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

I. RESEARCH (85%)

a. Research Activity (65%)
This position requires creative contributions to a collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of translational cardiology, cardiac genetics and pharmacogenomics. They will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases, the candidate may advise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. They will be responsible for organizing projects, processing samples, and performing the necessary phenotypic, genotypic and bioinformatic analyses to achieve the goals of the laboratory project’s specific aims. They will support additional laboratory members along their path to accomplish their research. The appointee will have a role in supporting other trainees and managing day to day laboratory functions. These will include managing safety protocols, updating and refining standard operating procedures, training visiting students, managing funding sources, managing inventory, and aiding in the maintenance of the feline cardiology animal colony.

b. Publication (10%)
The appointee will actively engage in the writing of manuscripts for submission to high quality, peer-reviewed journals. This will include the preparation of graphics and figures. The appointee is expected to publish results in peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with the PI and other members of the research team. The appointee is expected to contribute to the reputation of the laboratory by contributing to alternative media and social media postings that promote the laboratory objectives.

c. Grant Activities (10%)
The appointee will assist in the writing and acquisition of grant proposals to include private foundations and federal/state agencies. Additionally, they will participating in the writing of sponsored research proposals. The appointee will assist in preparation of grant and sponsored research proposal reports. They will interact with funding entities, the awards/sponsored programs office at UC Davis and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Preparation and accountability for proposal budgets is required.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10%)

The appointee will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend and present research results to public and professional interest groups.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)

The appointee will engage in university service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not specifically an expectation of this position.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate degree or its equivalent.
Experience with scientific writing for grants and scientific manuscripts.
Experience with extramural grant applications
Experience working in a laboratory setting
Molecular biology experience
Willingness to work with and handle cats and dogs.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with large animal models
Experience with clinical research
Laboratory management experience
Bioinformatics and Biostatistics experience
Molecular genetics experience
Non-human primate research experience

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF04437

SALARY: Dependent on qualifications and experience

APPLICATION PROCESS: To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by October 11, 2021 ; position open until filled
Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for 3 references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Doctorate degree or its equivalent.
    Experience with scientific writing for grants and scientific manuscripts.
    Experience with extramural grant applications
    Experience working in a laboratory setting
    Molecular biology experience
    Willingness to work with and handle cats and dogs.

Preferred qualifications

    Experience with large animal models
    Experience with clinical research
    Laboratory management experience
    Bioinformatics and Biostatistics experience
    Molecular genetics experience
    Non-human primate research experience

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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04437

Help contact: jvukas@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA