Project Scientist in Molecular and Cell Biology

University of California Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology Department

United States

Project Scientist - Molecular and Cell Biology

Job #JPF02966
  • Molecular & Cell Biology / College of Letters & Science - Biological Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Project Scientist
Percent time: 60%
Anticipated start: August 1, 2021
Position duration: One year

Application Window

Open date: May 21st, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Jun 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jun 21, 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 Kramer lab is in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department and affiliated with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. The lab seeks to understand fundamental molecular and cellular events underlying visual sensory perception and storage and retrieval of information during learning and memory. Much of work focusses on the mammalian retina, both in its normal healthy state, and in mouse and rate models of blinding disease resulting from degeneration of rod and cone photoreceptors. We have taken a multi-disciplinary approach, employing electrophysiology, optical imaging, chemistry, molecular biology, and behavior, to understand, mitigate, and reverse changes in the retina that contribute to vision loss.

This is a position for an experienced project scientist who will be involved in the continued development of programs in my lab, particularly those employing electrophysiology and optical imaging methods. The successful candidate will be involved in many aspects of our projects, including the design and implementation of experiments, data analysis, preparation of figures and manuscripts, training of postdoctoral fellow and graduate students, and preparation of research grants. They will be working closely with the PI to obtain additional extramural support to fund these projects.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Doctorate degree or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Doctorate degree or equivalent international degree, publication record in scientific journals. At least 15 years of post-PhD experience.

Preferred qualifications

At least five years of experience in a neurobiological research program, leading to at least 4 peer-reviewed scientific publications in which the candidate is the primary or communicating author. This would include publishing original work in highly respected scientific journals, the mentoring of pre and postdoctoral trainees, and successfully obtaining extramural funding from either governmental or private sources. The applicant should also have a publication record in molecular/cellular mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the Central Nervous System. Expertise in retina is highly desirable.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, CA

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