Assistant Project Scientist- Cardiology

University of California, Davis
Sacramento, California
Commensurate with experience
August 23 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Assistant Project Scientist- Cardiology

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. 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 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 status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


(Specific responsibilities associated with the particular appointment and subject matter area should be developed using the following list of general responsibilities associated with the Project Scientist position. A sample statement is included under each general responsibility.)

1) RESEARCH (90%)
Research activity (70%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of cardiogenesis of human induced pluripotent stem cells. 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. In some cases, the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, troubleshooting problems, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments.

Developing and working on multiple projects under the direction of the principal investigator in the laboratory. Other responsibility of the Assistant Project Scientist in the lab will include human pluripotent stem cell culture and differentiation into cardiomyocytes, molecular biology, cloning, analysis by confocal imaging, flow cytometry, tissue engineering, and small animal work. Assistant Project Scientist is required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. Also, participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations; and review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to the areas of expertise. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Publication (10%)
The candidate will publish research in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in writing 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 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 of cardiogenesis of human induced pluripotent stem cells 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.

Basic Qualifications:
Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree in biology or in a related field [with a minimum of five-year experience in laboratory and/or field research] with experience in molecular biology, cloning, mass spectrometry, and culture of excitable cells such as cardiomyocytes or neurons.
Successful candidates will also participate in veterinarian and/or biomedical education as well as rigorous research methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications:
Extensive experience in cloning is highly desired. Human pluripotent stem cell culture and cardiac differentiation, confocal imaging and analysis, flow cytometry, RT-PCR analyses, and small animal handling are also preferred. Excellent communication, social and organizational skills and the ability to work in teams effectively and interact with others are required.

SALARY RANGE: Assistant Project Scientist starting at $67,300 and commensurate with qualification and experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short-term 2-year maximum exempt appointment, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100.

Qualified applicants should upload their curriculum vitae, cover letter and contact information for five professional references online at

For full consideration, applications must be received by September 3, 2018. This position will be opened until filled but no later than September 30, 2018.

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