Assistant Project Scientist

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for one Assistant Project Scientist in molecular, cell and developmental biology.

Position Description

The position will focus on the functional and structural characterization of NOX proteins and complexes. The candidate will design and perform experiments using molecular biology, protein expression, membrane protein biochemistry techniques and cryo-EM. This position requires strong molecular biology, protein biochemistry and structural biology skills to successfully execute these experiments. The candidate will then summarize data and assist with the preparation of figures and writing of manuscripts for publication, as well as assist in writing and reviewing grant proposals. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated, responsible individual with strong interpersonal, communication and time-management skills who works well both independently and as part of a team.

Basic Qualifications

A PhD in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, structural biology or a related field with laboratory research experience reconstituting protein complexes in vitro. Must have experience with structural biology (either X-ray crystallography or cryo-EM) and be experienced with general cloning, biochemistry and protein purification. Must be able to keep a detailed laboratory notebook of experiments and procedures and data for publications, proposals, and/or presentations.

Minimum qualifications:

Scientific training and skill equivalent to graduate work in structural biology, biochemistry and molecular biology.
Experience with molecular biology techniques including transformations, DNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis, site-directed mutagenesis and DNA sequence analysis.
Experience with protein construct design and optimization for structural studies.
Experience with record keeping and data storage.
Experience with Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word and Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with protein-protein interaction studies.
Experience with mammalian and/or insect cell culture.
Experience writing and editing manuscripts.

Salary Range

Step I-VI $57,400-$74,200 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Available - Closing Date

The position will remain open until January 20, 2019 to accommodate department needs.

Term of Appointment

Appointment may be made up to 100%.

To Apply

To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research experience, and contact information of three references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

For more information about the department, please visit the website:


Please direct questions to Dr. James Letts,


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