Open date: April 29, 2022
Last review date: May 13th, 2022
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2022
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 incumbent will serve in an academic research leadership role and major contributor in the Morrison Laboratory supporting primate to human translational research in Alzheimer’s Diseases and Aging Research. The laboratory uses a combination of molecular and system neuroscience tools to visualize, record, and manipulate neural populations in order to understand their functions in aging research and related diseases with a focus on neuronal synaptic markers as they relate to age-associated memory impairment. The incumbent must be able to conduct research in a vibrant and highly collaborative environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure. In addition, the incumbent will oversee and coordinate neuroscience-focused collaborative research efforts of scientists across academic institutions, collaborators, and industry partners.
The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to research or creative projects that are within the academic discipline of the incumbent. The incumbent possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The incumbent will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project 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., Academic Director/Professor or Professional Researcher, etc), the incumbent is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. However, the incumbent will carry out research or creative program 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.
I. RESEARCH (90%)
Neuroscience Research Using Nonhuman Primate Model (70%)
This position requires creative scientific contributions to primate research in neuroscience and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to research in Alzheimer’s Diseases and Aging Research, which includes employing a wide array of experimental approaches with a collaborative infrastructure necessary for long-term investigations. The research portfolio includes (please list out), which aims to systematically map the physical and genetic interaction networks underlying aspects of aging and Alzheimer’s Diseases and other neuro-disorders and identify key molecular pathways that can be targeted pharmacologically. Duties include:
- Lead and make innovative and significant contributions to the Center project(s).
- Launch new projects and provide strategic planning to support Center’s neuroscience grant and private sector partnership portfolios.
- Provide scientific oversight including review and advice on study design, – modeling, data analysis, and validation, and suggesting new approaches.
- Track progress toward project goals, facilitate coordination among participating partners, evaluate project data and results, and report project status to leadership
- Identify new funding opportunities, coordinate submission of new project proposals, and preparation of manuscripts.
- Design and develop, manage, and conduct experiments.
- Oversee training of graduate and undergraduate students and Postdoctoral employees in the field of study.
Publications & Grant Acquisition (20%)
The incumbent will actively publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI/Staff Scientists or other members of the research team. The incumbent will assist in the preparation of grant proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies and regulatory requirements.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)
The incumbent will participate in meetings of professional societies and conferences in neuroscience (research in neuroscience disorders such as Alzheimer’s Diseases and ongoing research in aging); and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate may attend seminars to present research results and may give oral or poster presentations to public and professional interest groups.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
The incumbent will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing, student laboratory sessions, and committee service. The incumbent will work at the national level on science innovation, policy, and promoting outreach and science education access to underrepresented groups. Teaching full classroom courses is not an expectation of this position. The candidate will also engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the public and providing relevant advice to individuals or public agencies.