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Assistant, Associate, or Full Project Scientist - MED - Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Position overview

Position title: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Salary range: ​A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $68,400-$180,200. ​The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position:

Application Window

Open date: June 12, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Aug 30, 2023 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: Tuesday, Jun 11, 2024 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 Department of Medicine ( and the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of California, San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and seek Assistant, Associate, or Full Project Scientists for the Division of Gastroenterology.

The successful candidates will be responsible for the design and engineering of native/undomesticated bacteria using a variety of strategies to optimally express specific phenotypes and recombinant proteins. Successful candidates will also conduct experiments to characterize the in vitro and, with assistance, in vivo properties of constructed bacterial strains.

The successful candidates will propose and prioritize the next steps for strain improvement and systematically troubleshoot technical hurdles, constructively contribute ideas, suggestions, and insights at project meetings and/or ad hoc regarding functional gut microbiome manipulation. As appropriate, the successful candidates will identify, pursue, and implement new technologies to support and expand internal capabilities.

The successful candidates will be responsible for maintaining accurate and detailed records of experimental design and methods as well as experimental results. In addition, communicating and teaching complex bioengineering approaches/strategies to researchers in the laboratory.

The appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Project Scientist level based on background and years of experience.

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have an MD, MD/PhD, or PhD in bacterial genetics, microbiology, synthetic biology, or a relevant field.

Candidates must have experience in recombinant gene expression in bacteria, proficiency in cloning/plasmid construction, and bacterial strain construction. Candidates must also have experience with handling BSL-2 bacteria, anaerobic bacteria, and sterile techniques.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates with experience in the development and performance of biochemical and mammalian/bacterial cell-based assays are preferred. Candidates with 3+ years of experience in relevant bacterial genetics/microbiology/synthetic biology field(s) are also preferred.

Application Requirements

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 required (contact information only)
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