The Center for Comparative Medicine at the University of California at Davis seeks to hire a full-time (100%) employee as an Assistant Project Scientist to perform research functions in the Borowsky Lab to study the mechanisms of crosstalk between cancer cells and their niche cells upon physiological stress, and to identify the contribution of the diversity of cellular origins with oncogenic combinations to tumor heterogeneity. The focus specifically will be on melanoma development using genetically engineered mouse models and the CRISPR system.
The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist may serve as a Principal Investigator by exception.
This is primarily a research position, but the successful candidate is also expected to engage in professional activities and encouraged to engage in university and public service, but not required.
Research activity (60%) We are seeking a person with a strong background in cancer biology, cancer stem cells, genetically engineered mouse models of cancer and genetic systems, especially CRISPR and transcriptomics. The person filling this position must have a DVM and a PhD and a minimum of 4 years of postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will develop novel approaches to determine how the cell of origin determines melanoma heterogeneity and dictates tumor progression.
The candidate will be able to lead complex research projects independently, in consultation with the PI and with the assistance of other members of the lab team. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as the lab is a diverse team in terms of scientific and personal backgrounds.
Publication (10%) The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.
Grant Acquisition (20%) The candidate will assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10%)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field of cancer biology and cancer stem cells. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.
When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.
Requirements: -DVM degree -PhD degree in Cancer Biology or related field -Strong background in cancer biology, cancer stem cells, genetically engineered mouse models of cancer and genetic systems, especially CRISPR and transcriptomics -Demonstrated significant, original and creative contributions to research, with publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
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