NATURE AND PURPOSE The Saeij lab at the university of California, Davis is looking for a Project Scientist to work on Toxoplasma-Host Innate Immune system interactions. The candidate must have a PhD in the field of Molecular Biology/Parasitology/Immunology and at least 4 years of postdoctoral experience. Ideally the candidate has experience with Toxoplasma gondii and with assays to investigate inflammasome investigation. Experience with working with laboratory animals preferably rats is required. 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.
Research activity (80%) This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of Toxoplasma-Host Innate Immune interactions. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. Publication (10%) The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets in collaboration with the PI. Grant Acquisition (5%) The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%) The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.
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