Assistant Project Scientist

University of California, Davis - Department of Physiology & Membrane Biology
Davis, California
DOE (Depends on experience)
Closing date
Jul 6, 2022

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Open date: June 3rd, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Jun 17, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 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.


The Department of Physiology & Membrane Biology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire one, full-time, Assistant Project Scientist in Dr. Griffith's Lab. The Assistant Project Scientist will perform research functions aimed at deciphering the molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms of sensorimotor processing by spinal cord circuits in health and disease.

Project Scientists make significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in their 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 in physiological studies of spinal cord circuits. Appointees in the Project Scientist series 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, etc.), they are not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. The Project Scientist 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.

The incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. Theanne Griffith and work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment.



Research activity (65%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of spinal sensorimotor circuits methods and applications.

The appointee will be involved in examining the contributions of the sodium channels Nav1.1 and Nav1.6, as well as the ATP-release channel pannexin-1, to spinal cord circuits formation and function. They will assist in determining research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. Duties will include project design, research, optimizing data acquisition and processing, data handling and analysis, and writing related to the following studies: 1) Investigating the contribution of sodium channels on presynaptic sensory neurons to locomotor spinal circuits; 2) Understanding how sodium channel disease-causing mutations impact spinal cord circuits, 3) Establish the differential roles of pannexin-1 channels in spinal neurons and microglia to chronic pain in different preclinical models.

In some cases, the appointee may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, troubleshooting problems, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments. The appointee collaborates with scientific colleagues in multi-disciplinary projects that include components falling within the appointee’s area of expertise.

Publication (10%)
The appointee will publish research in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The appointee will assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The appointee will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

2. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE & ACTIVITY (15% EFFORT) The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their specific field of neuroscience instrumentation and applications, 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 and/or educational functions.

• Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Neuroscience or related field
• A minimum of 5 years of experience in spinal cord physiology
• Experience in ex vivo recordings from spinal cord preparations
• Experience in patch-clamp electrophysiology
• Evidence of academic accomplishment such as refereed journal papers and conference presentations

• Experience with slice electrophysiology either from spinal cord or brain

To apply, please go to the following link: This position will remain open until filled.

Qualified applicants must submit:
• Cover letter
• CV with a complete list of publications
• Research Statement
• Contact information for 3-5 references




Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Neuroscience or related field
• A minimum 5 years of experience in spinal cord physiology
• Experience in ex vivo recordings from spinal cord preparations
• Experience in patch-clamp electrophysiology
• Evidence of academic accomplishment such as refereed journal papers and conference presentations

Preferred qualifications

• Experience with slice electrophysiology either from spinal cord or brain


Document requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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