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Assistant Project Scientist

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POSITION DESCRIPTION – Assistant Project Scientist (Part time-51%)

The University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine seeks to hire a part-time (51%) Project Scientist at the Assistant rank.
The appointee will be required to make creative contributions and increase the collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of cancer therapeutics and drug discovery by using nanotechnology.

Basic Qualifications: PhD in the fields related to cancer biology or biochemistry.
The successful candidate must have 5 or more years of cancer research experience that includes signaling pathways, microRNAs, high throughput screening and drug discovery in cancer therapeutics. Extensive experience (4-6 years) in 3D culture system, cell culture and cell biology techniques, biochemical and molecular biology techniques is also required. A solid background (at least 1 year experience) in experimental design and fluency in the use of technology germane to investigations of exosome research (isolation, purification and characterization), including but not limited to, in vitro and in vivo methods for investigating extracellular vesicles, nanoparticle analysis, fluorescent sorting methods, immunoprecipitation, ultracentrifugation, and electron microscopy is preferred.

Under the direction of Dr. Kit Lam, the candidate will be responsible for designing and conducting a series of experiments to evaluate ligands and nanocarriers for cancer imaging and therapy in animal models. The candidate will focus on developing novel approaches for targeting tumor growth and metastasis by using bifunctional exosome scavenging agents that will facilitate tumor exosome clearance by host phagocytic cells. The candidate will develop Synthetic 3-D gel matrix culture experiments to study effects of cell adhesion ligands on biochemistry and behavior of cancer cells. He/She should be able to mentor and provide guidance to junior and senior technicians and work in a team based laboratory environment, leading projects and working directly with MD and PhD trainees.

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 acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will develop timeline and strategy; write and submit grant proposals with input from Dr. Kit S. Lam. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific 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. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings, or educational functions. The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. The candidate will encouraged to engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service.

For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2017; however, this position will remain open until filled or through June 30, 2018. Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, CV, statement of contributions to diversity and names and contact information of three references online at

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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Job location

Sacramento , 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 letters of reference required