The Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire a full time employee as an Assistant/Associate Project Scientist to perform research functions in interdisciplinary studies on questions in cell biology of retinal disease and focused on therapeutic interventions.
Project Scientists are members of the Academic Federation. 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 status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.
Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
1. RESEARCH (90% EFFORT) Research activity (60%) This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of understanding the pathobiology of retinal diseases as manifest in animal models, and to explore translational approaches for therapy. One current lab focus is on X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS) disease, and incumbent's studies will be directed in part toward understanding the retinal biology of XLRS and the role of the RS1 protein.
This position will work to understand the biological constraints at the retina surface that limits entry of therapeutic viral vectors into the retina after intravitreal administration. This may involve studies of comparative anatomy and function of Muller glial cells in WT and XLRS mouse, using cell culture and with mouse models in vivo. The candidate is expected to bring scientific creativity to studies. The candidate will assist in study design, and in collecting and interpreting data. The candidate will be expected to participate in maintaining an orderly lab and shared duties and will work to maintain a collegial and scientifically stimulating culture with the other scientists in the lab, the department and university.
Publication (30%) The candidate is expected to compile study results in written reports and manuscripts for publication either independently or in collaboration with the PI. This extends to creation of scholarly manuscripts themselves and in collaboration with others in the lab.
2. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10% EFFORT) The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field of cell biology of retinal disease 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.
3. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (0% EFFORT) The candidate is not expected to engage in public service and/or teaching classroom courses.
Must hold a PhD in work tightly related to retinal cell biology.
Must have experience with phenotype characterization of mouse retina and ocular disease models.
Must have experience with intraocular injection techniques to mouse eye for vector administration.
Must have experience with AAV8-mediated gene or RNA ocular delivery, as AAV8 vector is used in this lab.
Must have experience working with cell biology of retinal Meller cells
Must have experience with cell-based therapies for retinal neurodegeneration .
Must have experience with patent application for their work.
Technical skill in ex vivo retina explant procedures.
Characterization of ocular basement membrane studies.
Knowledge of cell biology of internal limiting membrane (ILM) of the retina, to study viral vector penetration
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-Time (100%) appointment. Initial appointment is for 24 months; reappointment is pending satisfactory performance, needs of the research project, and sufficient funding.
TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03651 For full considerations applications must be completed by August 19, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through December 31, 2020.
Qualified applicants should submit:
Cover letter detailing their qualification for this position
Research Statement of what you would contribute to the laboratory
Contact information for 3 references
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