Assistant Project Scientist in Neuroscience
University of California Berkeley
United States

Assistant Project Scientist in Neuroscience - Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

Job #JPF02568
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Recruitment Period

Open date: April 22nd, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jun 15, 2020 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.


The Department of Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist. This individual is accountable for supervising, training and performing behavioral and in-vivo neurophysiological experiments.

The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Project Scientist will be to perform behavioral and neurophysiological experiments and to help the principal investigator (PI) manage the laboratory where this research is performed.

The responsibilities are not limited to the following:

1) behavioral observations of vocal communication and other social behaviors in animals, 2) behavioral assessments of acoustic discrimination, 3) in-vivo neurophysiological recordings using various techniques (chronic recordings, Ca-imaging), and 4) neural tracing experiments.

The Assistant Project Scientist is expected not only to perform these experiments, but also to train new post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate research apprentices (URAP) in these techniques. The Assistant Project Scientist will also be involved in data analyses involving advanced computational methods (signal processing and machine learning) and in the preparation of figures and texts for publication purposes. The Assistant Project Scientist will also assist the PI in day to day tasks that are needed to ensure the smooth operation of the lab; these tasks include ordering supplies, overseeing the animal husbandry and being the designated lab safety officer.

Basic Qualifications (required at the time of application):

PhD or equivalent international degree.

Additional Qualifications (required by start date):

A minimum of 2 years' of post-doctoral experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

▪ Acclimated with Behavioral/Systems/Computational Neuroscience.

▪ Background with chronic neural recordings in behaving animals.

▪ Experience in behavioral observations.

▪ Advanced programming skills in Matlab/Python/R.

▪ Basic skills in signal processing and machine learning.

▪ Exemplary communication skills, collaborative mindset, and awareness of diversity and equity issues in research are expected.


This position reports to Dr. Frederic Theunissen. The anticipated start date is May, 04, 2020. This position is full-time (100%). The initial appointment will be for one year, with a possibility of a minimum of one year renewal until first merit review. Thereafter, extension of the appointment is subject to the Academic Researcher (RA) bargaining agreement and extensions will be according to the rank and step, performance and availability of funds.

You can refer to the current contract between the University of California and the Academic Researchers at

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits, consist of medical, dental, and vision coverage which is included in the compensation package. To learn more about UC Berkeley's benefits offered go to


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Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Feel free to address inquiries specific to this position to Natasha Sandeford at

The University of California 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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