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Assistant Project Scientist in Biochemistry

Recruitment Period

Open November 20th, 2020 through Sunday, Dec 20, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Department of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside invites applicants for two Assistant Project Scientist positions to conduct applied research for the Song Lab. The purpose of these positions is to perform creative and collaborative research investigating topics relevant to the research area of structural biology, epigenetics and pathogen-host interaction. The final candidates will help to determine research goals and design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. The final candidates may also supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, troubleshooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.
Required qualification for this position: a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field.
Preferred qualifications for this position include: experience with research projects on protein structure-function relationship, knowledge of structure determination of macromolecular complexes, experience with biochemical analysis of protein interactions and enzymatic analysis of DNA modifying enzymes, demonstrated capability in developing new biochemical assays and data interpretation, ability to perform independent research with abundant structural biology knowledge and critical thinking skills, and publications in peer-reviewed journals/articles. UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.
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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Advancement through the Project Scientist ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.
Applicants will need to submit a Curriculum Vitae, a Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and three letters of recommendation to Review of applications will commence on December 20, 2020 and will proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jikui Song, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Biochemistry, at For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Ms. Kendall Dunmore, Academic Personnel, at

Job location

Riverside, CA


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

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required