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Assistant/Associate Project Scientist Cell/Molecular Biologist

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 37B for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimate for this position is $73,300 - $98,100. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: mid-late October 2023
Position duration: 1 year appointment, with the possibility of reappointment based upon performance and/or funding.

Application Window

Open date: July 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Sep 6, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a full time Assistant/Associate Project Scientist with an anticipated start date of mid-late October 2023.

The Assistant/Associate Project Scientist will provide independent contributions to the planning, adaptation, and execution of experimental eukaryotic cell culture preparation techniques and technologies for structural investigations.

Responsibilities of the Assistant/Associate Project Scientist will include:

  • Cultivating and maintaining eukaryotic cell lines to ensure optimal growth conditions and cell viability.
  • Performing advanced genetic manipulations using techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 and RNA interference for gene knockdowns, knockouts, and overexpression
  • Conducting live and fluorescence microscopy imaging and immunofluorescence staining
  • Guiding and training collaborators/lab members on all aspects of cell culture preparation and workflow adaptations for high-resolution structural studies.
  • Troubleshooting experimental challenges and optimizing protocols for cell culture and molecular biology experiments.
  • Maintaining detailed and accurate records of experimental procedures, results, and data analysis.
  • Staying updated with relevant scientific literature, incorporating and designing novel experimental techniques and technologies into the research workflow.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

To have a PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or a related field by the time of the application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Experience in eukaryotic cell culture, including proficiency in maintaining diverse cell lines and differentiation protocols.
  • Experience in advanced genetic manipulation techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9, RNA interference, and gene expression analysis.
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy, live cell imaging, and fluorescence-based assays.

Applicants with 2 or more years of experience in the above categories will be considered for the Assistant level while applicants with 5 or more years of experience will be considered at the Associate level.

Preferred qualifications

To have 10 or more years of experience working as a Cell/Molecular Biologist engaging in cryogenic or room temperature correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) research in mammalian cell culture, molecular biology.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Additional Documents - 1-3 Publications

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

The references may be contacted if you are invited to an interview. Applicants considered for the Associate level position may require reference letters.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

UC of Santa Barbara - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry