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Assistant Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 25th, 2018
Last review date: September 30th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: December 31st, 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.


Assistant Project Scientist I
An Assistant Project Scientist I position is available at the University of California, Los Angeles in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Lu. The Assistant Project Scientist I will also be responsible for supervising graduate students and undergraduate student researchers, preparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals, and assisting with the preparation of grant proposals. Qualified candidate should have PhD in neurosciences, or neurophysiology with strong background in neurophysiology, molecular biology, mouse/rat surgery, optogenetic approaches, and data analysis. The candidate is required to have a minimum of 4 years of experience in central nervous system or spinal cord circuit physiology. The Assistant Project Scientist I position is a 12-month, non-Senate position. We are seeking independent, motivated individual with excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Interested applications should e-mail their resume to:
Starting Date: June 1, 2018
Specific Responsibilities include:
The assigned project is focused on studying the neural networks within the spinal cord and leveraging this understanding to facilitate recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury (SCI). Specific experimental model include rats, transgenic mice, and human. The principal objective is to assess the biomarkers of functional recovery in response to spinal cord neuromodulation in the SCI animal setting and applying this understanding to human SCI subjects. This involves molecular, neurophysiological, optogenetic, and immunohistochemical approaches in studying spinal motor and interneuronal circuitry.
Additional Duties:

  • Supervision of undergraduates, graduate students, and new postdoctoral trainees in the lab.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Ability to work independently on scientific projects.
  • Assist with preparation of grant proposals.
  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
  • Required to communicate well with other scientists worldwide.
  • Candidate should have 5 years of research experience in Neuroscience or neural circuits or neurophysiology in an academic setting or equivalent.
  • Candidate should have extensive experience in human experiments.
  • Candidate should have experience in writing and revising institutional review board applications (IRB).
  • The candidate will report directly to the Principal Investigator and will successfully carry out experiments and analyze the data generated with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to help and train various personnel in animal and human studies and make significant contribution to the design and execution of other laboratory member’s experiments. The University of California prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (caner-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veterans. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for covered veterans. University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws. The Department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from a diverse background and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students or The (School) at UCLA is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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