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California National Primate Research Center - Assistant Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

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


The Assistant Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The primary research project will examine the dynamic interplay of social networks and health including the coordination of the social systems and development project. The appointee possesses 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 Assistant 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 Brenda McCowan, Ph.D., Core Scientist in the Neuroscience & Behavior Unit at the California National Primate Research Center and Professor in Population Health & Reproduction in the School of Veterinary Medicine. The Assistant Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


Research activity (55%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the physiological basis of social behavior in nonhuman primates. The appointee will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator (Brenda McCowan), collaborators, and other laboratory staff members. The candidate will make significant contributions to design and implementation of projects, including the development of study hypotheses, selection of appropriate methods and techniques for data collection and analysis. The candidate will lead a project studying social systems and development involving study and ethogram design, project scheduling, staff training, sample collection and assay, and data analysis. Data analysis will involve the aggregation and summary of data, and statistical analyses using mixed-effects linear models and novel network approaches in consultation with the PI. The candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, data collection, performance of assays, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments.

Publication (15%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI and other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (15%)
The candidate will assist the PI in acquiring funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of grant applications and progress reports, including literature reviews, summarizing and interpreting previous research results, design and description of methods, and preparation and modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

The candidate will participate in meetings of 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 may attend seminars to present research results and may give oral or poster presentations to public and professional interest groups.


The candidate may 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/or the candidate may engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

Job location

Davis, CA

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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.

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