The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e. Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.
I. RESEARCH (85%)
Research Activity (55%) This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics centered on the characterization of adaptive immune responses and their role in infectious or autoimmune diseases in different species. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He will design specific projects within the context of the Principal Investigator's laboratory, and he will take a leadership role in the selection of appropriate laboratory methods and techniques. The candidate will develop research projects investigating the role of adaptive immune responses in preventing or propagating disease, specifically in the context of infection or autoimmunity.
As needed, the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including development of laboratory assays and protocols, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.
Publication (15%) The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.
Grant Acquisition (15%) The candidate will assist in preparing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. When appropriate, the candidate may apply for grants as Principal Investigator as an exception to usual policy. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10%) The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences as appropriate and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and will give oral presentations of research results at meetings. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings, or educational functions.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
The candidate will serve as a resource to the Principal Investigator's laboratory, which is developing diagnostic tests for the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis. The candidate will design new assays as appropriate and will provide advice to veterinarians and the public.
The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and, if appropriate, committee service. Teaching classroom courses as an instructor of record is not an expectation of this position.
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