University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Faculty/Academic Positions

Project Scientist Series – Assistant Rank

About the Position

The newest medical school in the University of California anticipates an opening for an assistant project scientist to participate in full-time pre-clinical pharmacology and evaluation of experimental therapeutics in various disease areas, primarily oncology and neurodegeneration. Duties include, but not limited to conducting cellular evaluations and characterizations of potential anti-cancer and neuro-protecting agents discovered in our laboratory to determine efficacy and on-target activity. Studies will entail use of molecular and cellular biology techniques as well as biochemical assays with human and mouse cancer cell lines that are in place in our laboratory. Additionally, individual will be responsible for maintaining and up keeping general laboratory supplies and small equipment related to these activities, including updating the general laboratory inventory (quartzy), protocols, cancer cell lines, plasmids and constructs. This position is an academic appointment in the non-senate series.

Founded in 2012, the School of Medicine at UCR is the sixth University of California medical school and serves the rapidly growing Inland Southern California region by training a much-needed physician workforce and catalyzing innovations in research, education and healthcare delivery. The UCR School of Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the community in the Inland Empire, one of the most ethnically diverse and medically underserved areas of the country. 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 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.


Applications are being sought from degreed Ph.D. candidates in biomedical sciences, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, or equivalent with Postdoctoral Scholar experience in drug discovery and evaluation of experimental therapeutics by the time of employment. Significant and creative contributions to research in the field of assay development, cell based assays for characterizations of experimental therapeutics and drug discovery are expected. Additional skill-set in tumor xenografts are welcomed. Preference will be given to candidates who hold a strong record of specialized training & experience in grant writing. Initial appointments are for one year and renewal is based on availability of support. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Successful candidates must also have the clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse student body.

How to Apply

Project Scientist Series – Assistant Rank:

Initial review of applications will begin on May 10, 2017 and applicants will be considered until the positions are filled.

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.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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School of Medicine
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Admissions Inquiries: (951) 827-7353

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