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Assistant Project Scientist

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $71,500 - $75,300 yr.

Application Window

Open date: April 3, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024 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: Sunday, Dec 1, 2024 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

Dr. Christina Pasparakis in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, based at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega By, CA, seeks to fill a 33% position at the Assistant Project Scientist level starting in Summer 2024. Successful candidates will be responsible for assisting in diverse environmental toxicology research projects, including, but not limited to, UV, pesticides, microplastics and nanomaterials. The candidate will also perform fieldwork in marine environments, interpretation of data, contributing to writing up of results and presenting at conferences, and aid in mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers. As appropriate, the individual will be a co-author on the presentations and publications to which they contribute.

I. Research in Environmental Toxicology (90%):
• Designs and develops research projects in topics including, but not limited to the effects of UV, pesticides and nanomaterials during early developmental stages of aquatic organisms.
• Design projects, develop protocols, determine methods, perform experiments, trouble-shoot problems, and interpret results and plan follow-up experiments.
• Provide intellectual guidance and input, in consultation with Dr. Pasparakis and other collaborators at BML, for directing the future course of TOPEC lab and applies for funding.
• Works closely with the lab members to develop experimental protocols for analyzing behavioral and biochemical responses in organisms to environmental stressors using confocal microscopy.
• Provides mentorship on experimental protocols to undergraduate and graduate students.
• Engage with the academic community at Bodega Marine Laboratory through participation in lab-wide meetings and research seminars.
• Participate in appropriate professional societies, including presentations at professional meetings and workshops.
• Participate in mentorship of undergraduates, graduate students, interns, junior research staff, and volunteers in the program and lab.
• Serve on local departmental or institute committees based upon candidate’s areas of interest.
• Participate in and contribute to the development of an inclusive and accessible working environment for our research program and lab.
• Participate in educational activities oriented to the public at BML and on campus.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD in Environmental Toxicology, Biochemistry, Ecology, or related field.
• Experience with environmental toxicology testing using early stage aquatic organisms including, but not limited to, sea urchins, zebrafish, and mussels.
• Experience rearing aquatic organisms.
• Experience with confocal microscopy and image analysis.
• Experience handling hazardous materials, including nanomaterials.
• Experience with method development and validation following GLP requirements.
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to problem solve in lab and field settings.
• Post-doc experience working in independent research projects.
• Experience with fieldwork.
• Experience applying for grants.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Experience with report writing for funding and/or permitting agencies
  • Experience with training others
  • Experience building collaborative teams to solve complex research problems

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
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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Job location

Bodega Bay, California