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Assistant Project Scientist - Drosphila Neurobiology- Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 7, 2019
Title Assistant Project Scientist - Drosphila Neurobiology- Molecular and Cell Biology
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline 11/2/2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Faculty Associate
  • Biology - Cell Biology
    Biology - Molecular

Open date: October 3rd, 2019
Next review date: Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 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.

Assistant Project Scientist – Drosophila Neurobiology – Molecular and Cell Biology

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist in the Scott Lab, in the area of Drosophila neurobiology, at 100% time with an expected start date of Winter 2019.


This position is an independent research position in the Scott laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, focused on studies of locomotion in Drosophila melanogaster. Under general supervision of the principal investigator, the candidate will work independently to develop and apply experimental methods to study locomotion with quantitative behavioral assays; determine underlying circuits by molecular genetic manipulations of neural activity; study activity dynamics by calcium imaging in awake behaving animals. The successful candidate will help bridge the gap between neural activity and behavior by participating in a project centered on candidate walk initiation neurons and walk cessation neurons. Specifically, the Assistant Project Scientist will perform independent studies of the activity of candidate locomotor neurons during walking behavior and the functional interactions between candidate neurons. An essential component of these studies is the development of an all optical excitation and imaging platform and the ability to monitor activity throughout the fly brain. These studies are supported by two grants from the NIH BRAIN initiative.

This position is part of a multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists working at multiple universities. As such, the successful candidate will collaborate with researchers in other labs at Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton, and Cologne to share experimental data and data analyses, to create a standard imaging platform useful to the broad community. In addition, the successful applicant will supervise two undergraduate researchers. The impact will be increased productivity on a research project essential to the laboratory’s funded goals and novel discoveries of neural circuits that control walking decisions.

Basic Qualifications (At the time of application):
Enrollment in PhD or equivalent international degree program.

Additional Qualifications (By start date):
PhD or equivalent international degree and 5 years of postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):
Experience in Drosophila neurobiology research
Experience in quantitative behavioral analyses
Experience in advanced miroscopy systems
Experience in in vivo calcium imaging

This position reports to Dr. Kristin Scott. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Salary and Benefits: This position provides full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Project Scientist series salary scale

To Apply:


Interested individuals should provide names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position (required). (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).

Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Lanna Prindiville, HR Partner,

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.


Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

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