Assistant Project Scientist in Cortical Physiology and Behavior
University of California Berkeley
United States

Assistant Project Scientist - Cortical physiology and behavior – Molecular and Cellular Biology

Job #JPF03135
  • Molecular & Cell Biology / College of Letters & Science - Biological Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Project Scientist salary scale.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Fall/Winter 2021
Position duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: September 27th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Oct 11, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

The department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Project Scientist in the Adesnik Lab, in the area of sensory coding in the somatosensory cortex of mice.
The Project Scientist will research the neural circuit basis of tactile detection and sensory coding in the rodent somatosensory cortex. The scope of responsibilities spans neurophysiology, behavioral training and analysis, computational analysis of neural data, optogenetics, preparing figures for a manuscript and performing follow up experiments for review.
This position provides full benefits.
This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers. The current contract can be found here:
Additional information can be found on the website:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Publication record with first-author publications written by the applicant.
Minimum of 4 years of work experience post-PhD.

Preferred qualifications

Experience with rodent somatosensory cortex neurophysiology.
Experience with rodent behavioral training on somatosensory discrimination tasks.
Experience developing high throughput behavioral assays.
Experience with optogenetics in behaving animals.
Experience with in vivo multielectrode array physiology and spike sorting.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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