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Assistant Project Scientist

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General Nature and Purpose:
The Project Scientist (PS) makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The PS possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The PS will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees within the Project Science title series may engage in university and public service and does not have teaching responsibilities. Although the PS is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program, he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. The PS will carry out research or creative programs under the supervision of an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic PI status. The PS does not usually serve as a PI but may do so by exception.

Major Responsibilities:
Research Activity: This position requires making creative contributions to, and collaborative development of, an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of biological nitrogen fixation and hydrogen processing. This will likely involve study of enzyme intermediates for enzymes such as nitrogenase and/or hydrogenase. It will involve growth of bacteria and purification of enzymes in order to make samples for spectroscopy experiments. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. The candidate will be expected to supervise students regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods for growing bacteria and purifying enzymes anaerobically, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

Publication: The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition: The candidate will assist in preparing proposals for funding from federal and 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.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to the field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. (including publication list)

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • College transcripts (if PhD received during 2014 or later)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required