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Associate Project Scientist - Pediatrics - Drug Target Identification

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 7th, 2017
Last review date: October 1st, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: September 7th, 2018
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 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO (UCSD), DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and seeks applicants for a project scientist position with Dr. Elizabeth Winzeler to conduct drug target identification for antiparasitic small molecule compounds using genomics, genetics and cell biology approaches. The Winzeler lab is part of the Malaria Drug Accelerator Consortium (MalDA) a multi-national group of several laboratories under the leadership of Dr. Winzeler.

The position involves joining a large multi-disciplinary team whose long-term goals are to develop and accelerate the development of novel antiparasitic treatments and preventative medicines. The Winzeler lab combines large-scale screening of small molecule libraries and genetic selections in plasmodium and yeast followed by whole genome sequencing to identify novel drug targets. The ideal candidate will independently plan, lead, conduct, and analyze experiments, supervise technicians, graduate students and post-docs, and coordinate collaborative efforts between laboratories of the consortium. Our research is highly collaborative and team-oriented.

Candidates must have a PhD and multiple years of experience in preclinical drug discovery and target identification, experience using eukaryotic model systems such as yeast, and expertise in conducting integrative, cutting-edge research within multi-disciplinary teams. Managerial and supervisory experience is expected. Strong organizational, project management and communication skills are required, and the candidate is expected to write manuscripts and help with grant writing.

Appointment will be at the Associate Project Scientist level. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and is based on University of California pay scales.

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT system at:

References may be requested from all finalists.

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

Job location

San Diego, CA



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