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Assistant Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 30th, 2018
Last review date: August 14th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: December 31st, 2018
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.


With support from the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry led by UC Davis will implement a program to develop a diagnostic platform for genetic selection and poultry breeding in order to genetically enhance resistance to Newcastle disease in African countries. The UC Davis will coordinate all research activities, in collaboration with Iowa State University,University of Ghana, and Sokoine University of Agriculture. The study will include animal challenging experiments conducted in both UC Davis and African countries, samples will be collected and qPCR and ELISA assays will be measured to evaluate disease resistance in poultry and genomic analysis will be done to identify genetic markers associated with disease resistance to Newcastle disease virus in poultry. In addition, the project scientist will be involved in functional annotations of animal genomes supported by USDA. The Project Scientist will be responsible for managing data collection activities, assay development, and for monitoring quality of implementation of study activities. The incumbent is expected to make significant and creative contributions to the research projects, and to possess 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 Scientist titles may engage in University and public service. The appointee does not have teaching responsibilities. The Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of Dr. Huaijun Zhou, and is not required to develop an independent research program or
reputation. He/she will carry out research with supervision by the Principal Investigator (Dr. Zhou). The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so if needed.



Research activity (80%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research areas of epigenetic and epigenomic, bioinformatics and disease resistance in poultry and other livestock. 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 supervise students, and technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

Specifically, the Project Scientist will be responsible for supervising, and in some cases, carrying out the epigenetic, epigenomic and immunological assays. Epigenetic and epigenomic assays will include ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, Hi-C etc. Immunological assays will include qPCR and ELISA, flow cytometry etc. Major responsibilities will include optimize assay protocols for different tissues, and develop quality control protocols at each step of these assays. The Project Scientist will also monitor data quality, supervise data entry and cleaning and data management, and contribute to data analysis and reporting. The position requires continuous interaction with a team of researchers, and lab technicians, students and co-investigators of the USAID program, and the University of California Davis (UCD) and other partnering institutes.

Publication (10%) _
T he 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 (5%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring 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 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.

Job location

Davis, CA

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  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

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