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Assistant or Associate Project Scientist - Neurodegenerative Research

Position overview

Position title: Neurodegenerative Research
Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $71,500 - $107,600. ​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: November 6, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Dec 7, 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, Nov 5, 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 Pathology ( at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine UCSD is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and is seeking Assistant or Associate Project Scientists in the field of Neurodegenerative Research.

UCSD Health Sciences is a $1 billion-plus organization encompassing 16 academic departments (14 clinical, 2 basic sciences), 2 pre-academic/hospital departments, 2 professional schools (School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), 2 hospitals, and various other programs and units all dedicated to fulfilling the Health Sciences missions.

The Department of Pathology plays a key role in the University's three missions. It aims to achieve the highest standards in patient care, research, and education. The Department provides diagnostic pathology services in a wide variety of subspecialties with highly trained subspecialists who are recognized for their expertise. The Department's research programs are diverse and interface with a wealth of basic and translational research programs that are a hallmark of UC San Diego.

The incumbents will be responsible for performing preclinical studies to test CRISPR-based therapeutics for Alzheimer’s and/or Parkinson's disease and participate in projects related to applying similar gene-editing-based therapies and/or the pathobiology of Parkinson's disease. In addition, the successful candidates will play a leadership role in managing the projects, and also be involved in analyzing the data, teaching, preparing presentations and reports, and summarizing results from experiments for presentations.

Appointment at the Assistant or Associate Project Scientist level will be based on the candidate's background and 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 a PhD or MD/PhD in cell/molecular biology or a neuroscience-related field.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates with experience in working with CRISPR-Cas in an in-vivo setting are preferred. Candidates with the ability to work collaboratively in a team 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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