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Assistant Project Scientist

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The University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine, department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology seeks to hire a full-time employee as an Assistant Project Scientist.

This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of host-virus interactions and evolution of those interactions, by studying viruses such as poxviruses and herpes viruses as well as animal models for poxvirus infections.

Basic requirements: PhD in the fields related to veterinary sciences, immunology or virology, 4-5 years of research experience in working with viral pathogens, host-virus interactions and experimental evolution. The candidate should have extensive experience in tissue culture work, virus infection of primary and established cell lines, titration of viruses using plaque assays and genetic manipulation of viruses. Excellent publication record and communication skills are required.

Preferred requirements: Experience in generating recombined poxviruses, experimental evolution of poxviruses and analysis of poxvirus genome evolution using next-generation sequencing are highly preferred. Strong experience of studying and manipulating antiviral host sensors and pathways by viral proteins is highly preferred.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing strategies to test new hypotheses using cell culture models of infection, viral and eukaryotic genetics as well as molecular biology approaches. The candidate is expected to design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate techniques, supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research (i.e.: trouble- shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments), design and conduct a series of experiments to evaluate the contributions host-virus interactions to viral host-range and virulence, publish research in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PI, or other members of the research team, assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations, prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed, participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her research field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate, attend seminars 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, engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies and engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, CV and names and contact information of three references online at For full consideration, applications should be received by August 14, 2017. However, this position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2018.

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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 - 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.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)