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Assistant Project Scientist

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $71,500-$91,000. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: June 8, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jul 5, 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: Tuesday, Oct 31, 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

The Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) is recruiting for two full-time Assistant Project Scientists to provide significant and creative contributions to the area of risk assessment and modeling of infectious diseases.
The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in her/his 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), she/he is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. She/he 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.

Research activity (65%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of risk assessment and modeling infectious diseases, with special focus on transboundary animal diseases and zoonotic agents. The candidate(s) will be expected to:
• develop stochastic risk assessments and agent-based disease spread models for infectious diseases;
• design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods, and techniques;
• mentor students and staff regarding technical aspects of the research, including method development, trouble-shooting and statistical assistance, and other research problems, analyzing data, interpreting results, planning experiments, preparing training materials, reports and manuscripts, and presenting scientific results in formal and informal settings;
• help communicating results of the modeling/risk assessment models using user-friendly dashboards.
Publication (15%)
The candidate(s) will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team. The appointee(s) are expected to contribute to the reputation of CADMS by contributing to alternative media and social media postings that promote CADMS vision and goals.
Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate(s) will assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies.
The candidate(s) will:
• participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field;
• serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate;
• attend seminars, meetings, and conferences to present research results;
• coordinate seminars, laboratory meetings, or educational functions as appropriate.
The candidate(s) will engage in public outreach and university service activities such as:
• presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies, presenting scientific research results at workshops and meetings with different stakeholders;
• university committee service.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Extensive experience in modeling infectious diseases using spatial-explicit agent-based models.
Expertise in stochastic risk assessment
Expertise in development of R shiny apps
Experience with mentoring students
Demonstrated experience in scientific writing, especially peer-reviewed scientific writing, and grant proposal development.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD Degree in Epidemiology, or related field
At least one year of postdoctoral experience

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Experience working in surveillance and modeling of animal infectious diseases.
Experience developing and implementing machine learning models
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent

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
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Davis, CA