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Assistant/Associate Project Scientist

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $71,500-$112,000

Application Window

Open date: June 11, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Jun 28, 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: Monday, Sep 30, 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

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her 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. The appointee with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. He/she does 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), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she 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.

Responsibilities and Designated Areas of Expertise

1) Research (90%)

Research activity (80%)
The candidate will contribute and collaborate on the development of an active research program in basic and translational oncology with special focus on the p53 family proteins. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques, help to determine research goals in consultation with other investigators as a team. He/she will supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble­ shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. Specifically, he/she will work on the p53 family proteins and determine how p53 functions as a tumor suppressor. He/she will also determine whether the p53 family pathway can be explored as a therapeutic target for cancer treatment and prevention. Moreover, he/she will collaborate with researchers from various disciplines requiring a broad base knowledge in the field of cancer research. He/she will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigators, including the selection of appropriate experimental techniques and analysis of data.

Publication (5%)
The candidate will publish his/her research results in peer-reviewed journals and books in collaboration with the PI and other members of the research team or independently.

Grant Acquisition (5%)
The candidate will assist PI in preparing proposals for funding from federal/state agencies and other funding organizations.
The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
Other evidence of recognized expertise may include formal documentation of intellectual effort and participation in publishable research activities, authorship on patents, presentation of research at regional/national meetings, invitations to review grant proposals and/or journal articles, invitations to participate in research projects, and/or service on advisory panels.

2) Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

The candidate will participate in seminar series, professional societies and conferences appropriate to the candidate's specific field. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at laboratory meetings and educational functions.

3) University and Public Service (5%)

The candidate will engage in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates should have a PhD in biomedical sciences or a professional degree. Candidates should have at least 3 years of postdoctoral research experiences in cancer biology, molecular pharmacology or related fields along with a strong record of publications. A broad range of skills in molecular biology, mouse model, good interpersonal and organization skills, strong communication (oral and written) skills, and ability to work independently are required. Candidates with experience or willingness to engage in activities that contribute to diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

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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