Assistant/Associate Project Scientist in Neuroscience

University of California Davis

United States

Assistant or Associate Project Scientist - Krubitzer Lab

Job #JPF04974

Application Window

Open date: May 18th, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Jun 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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

Dr. Leah Krubitzer with Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a 1 year full-time position at the Assistant Project Scientist level starting in the summer of 2022. The successful candidate will work on research projects in the laboratory focused on the evolution and function of sensorimotor networks in the brains of non-human primates, and other mammals.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:


Research activity (40%)
The position requires leading a research group and determining research goals of a project exploring the organization and evolution of sensorimotor networks in the brains of primates, tree shrews, and rodents in consultation with the Principal Investigator. The candidate will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases, the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

Publication (30%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the Pl or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will collaborate with the Pl in designing and writing proposals for funding from agencies such as NIH. This role also includes preparation of progress reports for funding agencies.

The candidate will also write grants independently of the Pl to fund future projects that are completely directed by the applicant.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.

The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies when the opportunities arise. The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and training/advising undergraduate volunteers on research projects in the PI’s laboratory. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Position qualifications include:

  • Ph.D degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a similar combination of degree and experience.
  • Advanced skills in histological staining procedures of brain tissue sections
  • Advanced skills in electrophysiological and intracortical micro stimulation techniques
  • High level of experience with microscopy
  • Experience writing federal grants
  • Experience in creating scientific illustrations for publications
Preferred qualifications


  • Proof of skill set through peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience working with non-human primates
  • Experience working with a wide range of non-primate mammals
  • Experience writing and overseeing IACUC protocols
  • Experience training graduate and postdoctoral fellows in research techniques
  • Experience managing multiple projects
  • High skill set in making scientific illustrations using Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Experience performing surgical manipulations on a wide range of mammals
  • Experience working with microfluidic devices

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
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