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Assistant Project Scientist - Xiao-Jing Wang Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $68,400 to $83,100

Application Window

Open date: January 30, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 13, 2023 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, Jun 30, 2023 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

Assistant Project Scientist
Dr. Xiao-Jing Wang Lab
Pathology and Lab Medicine UC Davis School of Medicine

The Assistant Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to research projects in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the biomedical expertise and knowledge necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade his/her competency. The Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance and direction of a research mentor in a substantial full-time program of advanced research and training beyond the doctoral level, in preparation for an independent career. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it, automatic Principal status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.

The Assistant Project Scientist, will help to accomplish research goals under the Principal Investigator. Candidate will be expected to generate and analyze critical data for funding applications from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. For the funded projects, expected to execute the proposed experiments. That includes trouble shooting and use of alternative approaches. Will to work with other laboratory members and clinical pathologists and surgeons to conduct team research using multidisciplinary approaches. Candidate is expected to be productive and published at least two papers per year in peer-reviewed journals.

RESEARCH (90%) The candidate will be expected to conduct head & neck cancer (HNC) and skin cancer research.
Research Activity-The candidate will use his/her expertise to design and execute approaches, protocols, and optimize quantification and analytic methods. The candidate will also work closely with clinical oncologists for translational endpoint of research involving in using patients’ samples and clinical trials. Projects span molecular pathology and experimental therapeutics, and involve multidisciplinary collaborations. A successful candidate must have experience and knowledge in Nanostring Profiler, Multiplex spectrum immunofluorescence, CytoF/flowcytometry, IncuCytes at single cell levels, and substantial experience in cancer therapy such as targeted therapy and radiation therapy.
Publication- Candidates will be expected publish and present research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, scientific conferences under the supervision of the PI and other members of the research team.
Contract and Grant Acquisition- The candidate will assist in acquiring grants from federal and state agencies as well as other funding organizations. The candidate will assist in the preparation of reports as required by funding agencies.

Additionally, candidate will generate reports and deliver scientific presentations as well as engage in mentoring post-doctoral fellows and other students in the lab.

Duties/responsibilities will include:
• Pathological analyses of mouse cancers and human squamous cancers (for research)
• Spatial profiling of mouse and human cancer, such as using Nanostring Spatial Profiler or multiplex spectrum immunofluorescence (MSI) to identify protein and RNA targets at single cell level.
• Performing experimental therapeutics in genetically-engineered mouse models, tumor transplantation mouse models, chronic inflammation/ulceration mouse models and analyze therapeutic responses at pathological levels by immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, and hematology analysis.
• Participating tumor board and work with clinical oncologists for translational research, providing pathology expertise in patient accrual, treatment and biomarker discoveries using patients cancer and blood specimens.
• Data collection, organization and analysis.
• Manuscript writing.
• Aid the Principal Investigator in scientific leadership and coordinate teamwork in biomarker discovery
• Presentation in international or national meetings
• Laboratory management including protocol design and standardization, trouble shooting, equipment maintenance, chemical inventory, laboratory safety, etc.
• Mentoring and educating trainees in the laboratory.

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10%) The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to the field of squamous cancer biology, biomarker discovery, and treatment. The candidate will attend seminars or international conferences 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.

This position may require night and weekend coverage as needed by specific studies.

Primary work site location is the University of California, Davis Medical Center- Research III Building, as well as Davis campus, the Tupper Hall Building.

Number of Positions Available: 1

Term of Appointment:
One year with possibility to extend. Appointment based on the needs of the research project. 100% Appointment.

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The resulting hire will be at the Assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

A reasonable estimate for this position is $68,400 to $83,100

This posting will remain open until filled through 6/30/2023.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• MD, PhD, DVM or equivalent degree in Molecular Biology, pathology, or related field
• Proficient in using microscopic tools for diagnosis and biomarker discoveries
• Post-doctoral training and peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred qualifications

• Track record of HNC research
• Comparative pathology expertise in human and animal models
• Experience in animal models of cancer, inflammatory skin diseases, and wound healing
• Experience in handling genetically engineered mice
• Experience in using Nanostring Profiler, Multiplex spectrum immunofluorescence, CytoF/flowcytometry, IncuCytes

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

  • Statement of Research (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
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