Assistant Project Scientist in Metabolism and Nutritional Biochemistry

University of California Berkeley College of Natural Resources

Assistant Project Scientist- Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology- Metabolism & Nutritional Biochemistry - Napoli Lab

Job #JPF02912
  • Nutritional Sci & Tox Dept / College of Natural Resources / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Project Scientist
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: Fall 2021

Application Window

Open date: April 14th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, May 16, 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 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist in the Napoli Lab, in metabolic regulation at 100% time with an expected start in Fall 2021.

The overarching goal of the Napoli laboratory is to determine regulation of retinoic acid biosynthesis and catabolism and relate the processes to retinoid physiology.

The Assistant Project Scientist will work on molecular and endocrine regulation of retinoic acid homeostasis and function, especially with respect to regulation of retinoic acid biosynthesis by cortisol, and steroid hormone control of retinoid action, applying LC/MS/MS and other analytical/biochemical techniques. Analytical techniques including quantifying femtomole quantities of retinoic acid in tissues and cell cultures by LC/MS are crucial to the goals of this project. Animal husbandry, molecular biology and cell culture techniques also are essential to fulfill the goals of this project. This scientist also will be expected to write papers, present results at national scientific meetings, and mentor undergraduate researchers.

Basic Qualifications (At the time of application)
-PhD, or equivalent international degree

Preferred Qualifications (By start date)
-Experience in glucose and insulin tolerance tests and histochemisty
-Experience independently applying analytical techniques such as HPLC, LC/MS/MS, UV spectroscopy, and gel electrophoresis
-Experience applying qPCR reproducibly, culture primary cells and established cell lines, harvest animal tissues, run western blots, clone, modify genes through mutation, and transfect cells

Appointment: This position reports to Professor Napoli. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Salary and Benefits: This position provides full benefits. Information about benefits can be found at:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Project Scientist salary scale (Table 37B) found at:

To Apply: Visit:

Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Professor Napoli, at

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

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 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:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Job location
  • Berkeley, CA