Assistant Project Scientist in Neuroscience Research Institute (C. Montell Lab)

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Position Description

A position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Craig Montell to conduct research on the molecular and neural mechanisms underlying amino acid taste in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. The appointee will generate mutant and transgenic flies using CRISPR/Cas9 and apply behavioral assays to reveal the roles of ion channels and receptors important for sensory physiology. The applicant will also perform imaging, electrophysiology and other molecular biology and biochemistry experiments on flies. The appointee will be expected to make significant conceptual contributions to the project.

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)

A doctorate degree in Physiology or related field is required, along with a minimum of 3 years of post-doctoral experience in performing behavior, molecular genetics, functional imaging, molecular biology, biochemistry and electrophysiology on Drosophila.

Preferred Qualifications

A very solid research and publication record. The ideal candidate will have experience in devising behavior assays, molecular genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry, extensive microscopy experience with fluorescence, confocal and 2-photon imaging and in vivo electrophysiology in the fly taste system.

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 SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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