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Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 1st, 2019
Last review date: Monday, Aug 12, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Jan 31, 2020 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.


The Department of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine at UC San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body.
The UCSD Department of Psychiatry seeks to recruit preclinical scientists with experience conducting translational research related to potential novel treatments for alcohol use disorders and other addiction conditions. The successful candidates will participate in experimental design and implementation, data analysis, preparation of scientific reports, publications, and will work with a large scientific team, interacting with faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research coordinators and research analysts as part of a diverse and growing research team. Applying for independent funding (primarily National Institutes of Health) will be highly encouraged. In your cover letter, please describe your experience in one or more of the following areas:

• Experience with molecular biology techniques, particularly the use of molecular markers, to study neurobiological basis of drug addiction in rodents. Experience performing tasks in mice and/or rats such as intracerebral surgeries, intracerebral delivery of viral vectors, implantation of intravenous catheters or radio transmitters, microinjection, and single-cell whole brain imaging. Experience performing tasks in mouse/rat tissues such as immunocytochemistry, gene expression analysis, slice electrophysiology, and postmortem investigation of brain monoamines.
• Knowledge of the sophisticated behavioral techniques that are considered preclinical gold standards in the addiction field (operant response, conditioned reinstatement and stress-induced reinstatement), as well as behavioral training and testing techniques/ paradigms to study drug addiction in rodents such as intake, relapse, withdrawal, tolerance, etc.
• Development and validation of new rodent models of intravenous, oral, and/or vapor self-administration of synthetic stimulants, opioid drugs, amphetamine drugs, cocaine, oxycodone, nicotine, ethanol, and cannabinoids.
• Human clinical trials of potential medications for protracted abstinence and relapse prevention in alcohol use disorder and other addiction conditions.
• Genetic mapping analysis, QTL mapping, knowledge of R statistical environment, multivariate analysis of multiple complex traits in genome-wide association studies, development of analytical software.
• Co-morbidity of drug abuse with neurodegenerative diseases.
• Lab management.
• Manuscript and grant writing.

Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., or the equivalent, and at least 3 years postdoctoral experience. Appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist level. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

A link to the full series description is provided for your review:
Project Scientist series - see:

The UCSD Department of Psychiatry seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our strong commitment to the twin goals of achievement of excellence and diversity among our faculty and staff. The selected candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to maintain the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to develop a climate that supports equality and diversity.

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three to five referees, and a personal statement summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity (see for further information).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Diego, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)