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Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist - Pediatrics - Psychiatric Disorders

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 20th, 2017
Last review date: January 7th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: October 20th, 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. Under general supervision of the Principal Investigator, the successful candidate will responsible for the design and development of stem cell-based projects aiming to model psychiatric disorders.

The position involves recognizing and resolving issues with the research projects by recommending and/or implementing possible changes or redirection of the current project, integrating information from scientific literature searches and scientific seminars into the research projects, and independently setting up new experimental approaches according to the laboratory needs.

The successful candidate will be expected to make significant independent and innovative research contributions to the laboratory, to provide training and direction to students and lab assistants and to work cooperatively with the P.I. regarding budget decisions and findings on scientific development and data analysis. The successful candidate will compile and analyze research data, draft reports, presentation, articles, proposals to communicate findings to PI, researchers, and potential funding agencies (grants), ensure proper handling of sensitive protected information and be willing to interact with patients and their families.

Candidates must have a PhD in biological sciences, molecular biology and/or genetics.

Preferred candidates will be proficient in human fibroblasts and dental pulp isolation and culture and have proven experience (publication record) on iPSCs reprograming, neural progenitor cell generation, neural differentiation and generation of cerebral organoids. Familiarity with a plethora of methodologies including cellular and molecular biology, sequencing and genotyping, protein localization by immunofluorescence, blottings, PCR/qPCR, flow cytometry, calcium imaging, electrophysiology (MEA analysis) and drug efficacy assays is preferred. Previous experience with neurodevelopmental disorders and/or psychiatric conditions is preferred. Experience with genome editing and single-cell qPCR are also preferred. Candidates with more than 5 years of post-doctoral training are preferred.

Appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full 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:

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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