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Assistant Project Scientist in Mosquito Neuroethology

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Assistant Project Scientist in Mosquito Neuroethology

The Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for an Assistant Project Scientist. We are seeking a PhD-level Biological Scientist with extensive experience in genetic analysis of behavior in mosquitoes. Experience with rearing of mosquitoes, and phenotypic analysis of mosquitoes at cellular, physiological and behavioral levels is required. Experience with designing, implementing and troubleshooting mosquito behavior assays, and with using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing to create mosquito mutants is also required. The ability to use statistical methods to analyze behavior data is required. Experience with molecular genetic analysis in Drosophila is desired. The successful candidate will have good oral and written communication skills, be able to work in a team, and have demonstrated that previous work yielded significant results via peer-reviewed scientific publications and contributions to grant proposals. S/he will investigate genetic and neural mechanisms that control meal intake and meal destination in mosquitoes using modern genetic tools and behavior assays.

Basic Qualifications:
PhD in mosquito physiology and/or behavior, and at least 3 years of working in a laboratory setting. Candidate must have experience with generation and analysis of mutant mosquitoes, and development and implementation of behavior assays to investigate insect chemosensory behaviors. Candidate must be an author on at least two peer-reviewed publications in a related discipline and have presented their research in scientific conferences.

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD in mosquito physiology and/or behavior, and at least 5 years of working in a laboratory setting.

This position is for two years and renewable, contingent on funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applicants are required to provide a Statement of Research, CV, contact details for three confidential references, and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity. All materials should be submitted through AP Recruit online at:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. 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.

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.

Advancement through the Project Scientist/non-Senate academic staff 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.

Review of applications will begin July 14, 2018. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Anupama Dahanukar, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology, University of California, Riverside: For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Mary Stuart, Academic Personnel at Additional information about the Department of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology can be found at

Job location

Riverside, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)