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Biomolecular Engineering: Associate Project Scientist, Protein Engineering (Open until filled. Apply by 5/28/2020)

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 28th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Nov 30, 2020 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.


The Department of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Associate Project Scientist. Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca DuBois, the Associate Project Scientist will engage in the planning and execution of research that uses protein engineering and structural biology approaches to understand the mechanisms of human virus infection and the mechanisms of protective human immunity.
Research activities include, but are not limited to, the construction of DNA plasmids, the expression of recombinant virus antigens and antibodies in diverse cell lines, multi-step protein purification and quality analyses, and the generation of transgenic mammalian cell lines.
This position will require the incumbent to exercise good time management and problem-solving skills; perform and document research in an organized, methodical, and analytical manner; contribute to writing and data analysis for publications; and work both independently and contribute to the training of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
Applicants with a record of authorship on peer-reviewed publications and with expertise in protein biochemistry and transgenic mammalian cell line generation are strongly encouraged to apply.
Associate Project Scientist

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

A Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Virology, or related scientific field at the time of application, and at least two years of biological wet lab research experience after obtaining the degree.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

Initial appointment will be part‐time at 50% time for 1 year. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00818-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications (required)
  • Statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (optional) See UCSC guidelines for statements at
  • A sample publication (optional)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by May 28, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publicattions

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. See guidelines at:

  • Sample Publication (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required