Assistant Project Scientist in Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Assistant Project Scientist - Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Job #JPF08228
  • Psychiatry/Biobehavioral Sci / David Geffen School Of Medicin / UCLA

Position overview

Salary range: 68400-79300

Application Window

Open date: February 23, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Mar 9, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Mar 25, 2023 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 and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA currently has an opening for an Assistant Project Scientist to join the Laboratory of Dr. X. William Yang. The Yang Lab (http://yanglab.npih.ucla.edu/) applies cutting-edge mouse genetics, systems biology and BRAIN Initiative neurotechnology to study the pathogenesis and therapeutics of neurodegenerative disorders including Huntington’s disease (HD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The Assistant Project Scientist will be a key member of a diverse and dynamic research team focusing on high-throughput cell-based screening approaches and in vivo scalable viral perturbation approaches to study disease mechanisms and identifying candidate therapeutics.

The Assistant Project Scientist will be responsible for developing novel cell lines, cell-based assay development, and implementing cell-based functional genomic or chemogenomic screenings. She/he will also be responsible for generating adeno-associated viruses (AAV) and contribute to experiments related to the in vivo validation of molecular targets of interest in the neurodegenerative disease models. In addition to conducting and overseeing the day-to-day research of this project, the Assistant Project Scientist will work with the PI and other senior scientists in the lab to: (1) ensure expedient and efficient production of high-quality data; (2) troubleshoot technical difficulties and adjust methods accordingly; (3) ensure standard operating procedures and IACUC policies are followed; (4) keep track of expenditures; (5) contribute to progress reports and publications.

The position requires a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in one of the following fields: molecular biology, cell biology, pharmacology, and molecular neuroscience. The individual should demonstrate a strong background, preferably publications, to show a strong track-record in mammalian cell biology, especially showing experience with cell lines or iPSCs and cell assay development (e.g. transfections, FACS, cell line development); high-throughput cell-based screening (e.g. CRISPR or CRISPRi screening); molecular biology (cloning and generating gene expression constructs or viral constructs); chemistry or pharmacology, and data analysis. Experience in mouse genetics or neurodegenerative disorders is not required. Computer skills should include proficiency in productivity software (Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop/Illustrator), basic statistics and image analysis software. The individual should be highly motivated, independent, organized, mentally flexible, have good verbal and written communication skills, ability to multitask and working on multiple projects, and work well in a highly collaborative environment/project.

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 at least two letters of reference to the application portal at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF08228. For additional information about the position, contact Dr. X. William Yang at xwyang@mednet.ucla.edu.

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Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or an equivalent degree

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • 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 EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

The Principle Investigator is requesting that three letters of recommendation accompany the file.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08228

Help contact: klwilliams@mednet.ucla.edu

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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