Assistant Project Scientist

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for one Assistant Project Scientist in biochemistry and structural biology to join the lab of Dr. Jennifer Cash in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Position Description

Research - 85% - This position will entail carrying-out protein production and purification and performing biochemical, biophysical, and cell-based assays and experiments to understand RhoGEF signaling and regulation. The candidate will summarize data, prepare figures, and assist in writing manuscripts for publication and grant proposals. The candidate also will be responsible for ordering lab supplies, maintaining equipment, overseeing lab safety, developing protocols, making lab stocks, and maintaining cell culture lines (bacterial, insect, and mammalian) as well as other lab management duties.

Professional Competence - 8% - The applicant must have experience with writing manuscripts. They will prepare figures and text for grants and manuscripts. They will prepare figures for presentations and annual reports to granting agencies. They will also edit and critique papers and grants from others in the lab.

University and Public Service - 7% - Attend 1-2 conferences per year to present our lab’s findings to the scientific community. The applicant will train incoming postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates on techniques used in the lab. The candidate must be able to lead a small team, teach others, and work in small groups.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants will have a Ph.D. degree and at least five years of postdoctoral training in biochemistry or structural biology with laboratory research experience in biochemistry and/or structural biology. They must also have experience with general cloning and molecular biology skills. The candidate should have a track record demonstrating their interests in protein biochemical research. It is essential that applicants be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data to archive, label and document data for publication, proposals, and presentations. Applicants should have experience in writing and editing manuscripts and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Strong organizational skills are a must.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with structural biology. Experience in lab management.

Salary Range

Step I-VI $65,700-$84,400 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Available - Closing Date

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by March 14, 2022.

Term of Appointment

May be made up to 100%

To Apply

Qualified applicants should upload a cover letter, a research statement describing their research experience and skills, and a curriculum vitae. Documents must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for three references. Apply via this URL:


Please direct questions to Dr. Jennifer Cash,


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