Assistant Project Scientist in Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
United States

Assistant Project Scientist Position in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Job #JPF06372
  • PSYCHIATRY/BIOBEHAVIORAL SCI / David Geffen School Of Medicin / UCLA

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Project Scientist

Application Window

Open date: April 21st, 2021

Next review date: Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, May 21, 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 Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is currently recruiting an Assistant Project Scientist to join the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Flint. The Flint lab uses genetic, molecular, cellular, and circuit approaches to understand how genes influence behavior through the brain. The Assistant Project Scientist will work as a member of the lab and lead projects related to the effect of genetic variation on defensive and fear-related behaviors in mice. The projects that the Assistant Project Scientist will lead include: 1) whole-brain microscopy of cleared mouse brains, 2) behaviorally relevant circuit manipulations of different cellular populations in the brain, 3) bulk and single-nucleus DNA and RNA sequencing of different mouse brain regions.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the projects in the lab, the Assistant Project Scientist will need to have a broad skillset including stereotaxic injections of viruses into the brain, ability to independently run and analyze behavioral paradigms related to fear and defensive behaviors, experience with both DNA and RNA sequencing, familiarity with bioinformatics analysis, mouse colony management, among other routine lab techniques. In addition, experience with writing manuscripts and grants is a plus.

The project scientist will be expected to work independently and meet with Dr. Flint regularly to discuss the progress and project directions. Together, they will work to 1) generate rigorous and high-quality data, 2) troubleshoot any technical or experimental issues that arise and develop action plans to address them, 3) follow all guidelines and regulations set forth by the university, and 4) supervise/train other personnel in the lab.

The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent in neuroscience or genetics and at least three years of experience in a relevant research field. Good verbal and written communication skills are required, along with general computer and statistical proficiency (i.e. Office, PowerPoint, etc.). The individual should be highly motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and interested in working in a collaborative environment.

Salary will be consistent with the UCLA Project Scientist Series. Interested candidates should submit i) a cover letter outlining academic interests, ii) CV and bibliography, iii) and the names and addresses of two references (do not send letters) to the application portal at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF06372. For additional information about the position, contact Dr. Flint at JFlint@mednet.ucla.edu.

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Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent in neuroscience or genetics and at least three years of experience in a relevant research field
Good verbal and written communication skills are required, along with general computer and statistical proficiency (i.e. Office, PowerPoint, etc.). The individual should be highly motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and interested in working in a collaborative environment

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

The candidate will be aske to provided at least 3 names and contact information of referees.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06372

Help contact: klwilliams@mednet.ucla.edu

Campus Information

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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, California
 


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