The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses specialized knowledge in spider/arachnid systematics, evolutionary biology, speciation theory, and population genetics including 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. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do 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, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc.), 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 title does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception. It is critical that the Project Scientist engage in raising funding for research endeavors.
Research Activity 50%
Under the direction of Dr. Jason Bond, the incumbent will make creative contributions to and participate in collaborative development of an active research program(s) in the fields of spider/arachnid systematics/phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, speciation theory, population genetics, and phylogenetic comparative methodologies with particular emphasis on the development and use of next generation sequencing approaches to solving problems related to species delimitation and speciation pattern and process. The incumbent will be key personnel on research grants involving the development and use of new approaches to evaluating speciation pattern and process and reconstructing phylogenetic relationships in spider taxa. The position will require the incumbent to take a leadership role in employing techniques such as 3RAD sequencing technology, anchored hybrid enrichment, and bioinformatic data analysis. The incumbent will also be responsible for leading research efforts that involve graduate and undergraduate students involved in the PIs laboratory at UC Davis.
The incumbent will publish research results in peer-reviewed publications, either independently or in collaboration with the PI and other members of the research team.
Grant Acquisition 10%
The incumbent will contribute to the development of grant proposals for funding from appropriate agencies, and prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by funding agencies. The incumbent may serve as a Principal Investigator by exception.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (20%)
The incumbent will interact with the laboratory research group, students and international visitors, communicate research data and results orally and in writing, conduct presentations of research at scientific meetings; training, consulting and advising pre-doctoral graduate students and postgraduate researchers within the department on their substantive research problems related to experimental design and implementation. Other duties will include organization of seminars and lab presentations when appropriate and reviewing research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications.
UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (10%)
The incumbent 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 incumbent will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service.
To apply, please provide (1) a cover letter that captures your research expertise, (2) a current CV, (3) contact information for three references which may be consulted.
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Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
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