Assistant Project Scientist - Division of Hematology and Oncology

University of Ca, Davis, Medical Center
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 07, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, is seeking a full-time Assistant/Associate/Full Project Scientist. The purpose of this position is to provide support, coordination and leadership for research studies of Dr. Joseph M. Tuscano. In direct collaboration with the Principle Investigator(s), this position will be involved in coordination, management, and maintenance of cancer therapeutics and probe development with emphasis on immunotherapeutic approaches and the development of multi-targeted therapies for lymphoma, lung cancer, and other malignancies at UC Davis Health in Sacramento.

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.

The research duties include performing tissue-related technologies, processing blood and other tissue samples, storing and tracking tissue samples, providing tissues to researchers, maintaining a database, as well as miscellaneous supporting work for the laboratory operations under the supervision of Dr. Tuscano. Specifically, the duties include: 1) to coordinate the collection and storage of tissue specimens, to dispose of unneeded specimens, and to maintain an updated specimen database, 2) to communicate with various investigators and to perform tissue-related cancer therapeutics research under PI's discretion, 3) to present research at periodic laboratory meetings and to discuss the progress of the research projects with the PI, 4) to assist research summary for grant and scientific writing for presentation and publication, and 5) to provide miscellaneous support to the laboratory and operational activities.

• Assist with data acquisition, data analyses, data reduction, bioinformatic analyses, statistical analyses, and other functions necessary for publication by the candidate and other group members.
• Assist with literature review for each publication, including initial drafting or participation in editing manuscript drafts from others in the group.
• Assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations.
• Prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies.
• Interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
• Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other research team members.
• Assist the PI in preparing proposals for funding from Investigational New Drug (IND), federal agencies, and other funding organizations.

• Assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies.

• Participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their specific field of cancer therapeutics and serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate.
• Coordinate and give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings, or educational functions as appropriate.
• Attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.

• Encouraged but not required to participate in service activities such as presenting research results to the general public or providing service to the university.

Qualified applicants should upload a letter of interest, contact information for three references and their curriculum vitae online at

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

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 complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. More information is available

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots, and residential space.

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