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Assistant Project Scientist

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Open November 20th, 2020 through Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Assistant Project Scientist
Neuroplasticity and Repair Laboratory
Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Center

Position Description
We seek an experienced scientist to advance our research at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Neurosurgery in the laboratory of Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD.

Dr. Lu’s laboratory studies neural circuits within the spinal cord. Strategies that recover function after spinal cord injury (SCI) by exciting the interneuronal circuitry through electrical stimulation and pharmacological agonist therapy are subjects of our research. We conduct studies in animal models that decipher the mechanistic basis of recovery after neuromodulation. We validate these findings in humans through clinical trials. The successful candidate will be responsible for supervising graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduate student researchers, preparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals, and assisting with the preparation of grant proposals.

Specific Responsibilities:
Responsibilities of this position include study design, data acquisition, statistical computation, and literature review and manuscript/grant preparation.

Applicants must have a PhD or MD or both. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in the following areas: neurophysiology, molecular biology, rodent surgery and SCI models, and data analysis.

Applicants must have experience with the use of chemo- or optogenetic, immunohistochemical, or electrophysiological techniques or a combination thereof. Experience using clinical neurophysiological equipment in a human subjects research setting is desired but not mandatory.

Additional Duties:
• Ability to work on multiple projects efficiently and effectively.• Ability to work independently on scientific projects• Required to communicate well with other scientists.• Candidate should have 5 years research experience in neuorscience in an academic setting or equivalent. • The candidate will report directly to the Principal Investigator and will successfully carry out experiments and analyze the data generated with minimal supervision.

Document requirements
• Curriculum Vitae (updated)
• Bibliography
• Statement of Research
• Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
• Cover Letter (Optional)
• Statement of Research (Optional)

Application procedure: Apply by submitting your application to our online RECRUIT system at along with CV, bibliography, statement of research, and statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Please be advised that the final candidate recommended for hire into a critical (or otherwise designated) position will be required to successfully complete a background investigation. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Bibliography

Job location

Los Angeles, California