Assistant Project Scientist

UC Davis Health, School of Medicine
Davis, California
Salary commensurate with education & experience, plus benefits
April 08 2019
JPF02758 - Trimmer - 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Physiology & Membrane Biology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire a full-time employee as an Assistant Project Scientist to perform research functions in development and validation of recombinant antibodies and in protein engineering.

Project Scientists are members of the Academic Federation. 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 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.



  •  Research activity (60%)

This position requires creative contributions and collaborative development of an active research program aimed at developing and validating novel renewable recombinant antibodies.  The primary research project is to develop and validate miniaturized recombinant antibodies for nanoprecise brain mapping across scales.  The candidate will play an extensive role in converting a large library of conventional monoclonal antibodies to recombinant form, and in developing miniaturized versions of these antibodies and single chain nanobodies and validating their efficacy and specificity in different applications.

The candidate will utilize high throughput nucleic acid isolation and sequencing, molecular cloning, recombinant expression, and diverse antibody validation procedures, as well as perform cDNA library generation and phage display-based screening.  The candidate will also work with UC Davis core facilities to analyze sequencing data and to make the sequencing results and reagents that arise from these efforts publicly available. The candidate will also help train and oversee laboratory staff assisting with these procedures.

  • Publication (30%)

The candidate will present research results on conferences and 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 (10%)

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 her/his specific field of antibody development and validation, recombinant protein expression and engineering, and the application of antibodies in neuroscience research, and may 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 is not expected to engage in public service and/or teaching classroom course.


  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, or related field
  • Minimum 3 years experience in laboratory research related to development, validation and engineering of recombinant antibodies

To apply, please go to the following link: For full considerations applications must be received by May 08, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled through December 31, 2019.

Qualified applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter detailing their qualifications for this position
  • CV
  • Research Statement
  • Contact information for 3 references

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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