Assistant Project Scientist in Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
United States

Assistant Project Scientist - Circuit analysis of mouse visual perception - Molecular and Cellular Biology

Job #JPF03260
  • Molecular & Cell Biology / College of Letters & Science - Biological Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Project Scientist salary scale.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Spring 2022
Position duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: November 15th, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 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.

Position description

The department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Project Scientist in the Adesnik Lab, in the area of circuit analysis of mouse visual perception.

The Project Scientist will develop and execute experiments training transgenic mice on virtual reality visual perceptual tasks in combination with optogenetics and cell-type specific and area-specific ablations. The scope of responsibilities spans developing new and automated behavioral training paradigms for head fixed mice, designing and executing optogenetic and chemical genetic ablation experiments on mice trained in the behavioral training paradigms, as well as sophisticated behavioral analysis including eye tracking.
This position provides full benefits.
This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers.
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.


Current Contract:



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Publication record with first-author publications written by the applicant.
Minimum of 4 years of work experience post-PhD.

Preferred qualifications

Experience training undergraduate research assistants.
Experience with Allen Brain atlas and GENSAT Cre repositories.
Experience with hardware/software integration of automated training behavioral setups.
Extensive expertise with Matlab and 3D graphics virtual reality environment software.
Experience with automated behavioral training.
Knowledge of the fields of visual perception in mice, monkeys and humans, cortical brain histology and immunohistochemistry.
Extensive knowledge of mouse genetics – specific Cre driver and various optogenetic and chemigenetic reporter lines.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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:

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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