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Assistant Project Scientist in the Shaffer Lab

Job #JPF08803


Position title: Assistant Project Scientist

Salary range: The base starting salary for an Assistant Project Scientist, Step 1 is $71,500 Annual.
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Open date: October 1, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023 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 Shaffer Lab at UCLA seeks to hire a half time Assistant Project Scientist to work on several interrelated projects funded by the Morris Animal Foundation and the Wild Animal Institute. We seek an experienced individual who can lead several projects on wild animal welfare of amphibians and lizards in the greater Los Angeles region. Knowledge of California reptiles and amphibians is not required, but strongly encouraged. These projects include both developing and applying DNA methylation analyses to quantify accumulated lifetime stress in toads and lizards as a function of their habitat quality, as well as conducting more general observational and experimental field approaches to the quantification of wild animal welfare. The individual will be expected to lead the research projects, interact with funders, conduct statistical analyses and write manuscripts for the peer-reviewed literature. The successful candidate will also be expected to pursue additional funding opportunities, and to interact with a variety of collaborators, from molecular geneticists to field ecologists. 


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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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


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