Project Scientist- Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, Dr. John Reynolds

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jul 29, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

    • Posted: July 20, 2020
  • Full-Time
  • Salk Main Campus

    La Jolla, CA, USA
    Salk Main Campus

    La Jolla, CA, USA
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Job Details


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A Project Scientist position is immediately available at the Systems Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California. The Project Scientist will be working with Professor John Reynolds, who combines expertise in single-cell physiology in awake non-human primates, sensory psychophysics, optogenetics and mathematical modeling of sensory mechanisms and perceptual behavior. The Project Scientist will be combine these methodologies, and pursue research questions concerning neural mechanisms underlying visual perception.

Project Scientists make significant contributions to a research project. The Project Scientist is expected to work independently in a support role under the general guidance of a PI.  Goals or objectives of projects are set by PI and are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters. This position is expected to establish work plan and staffing for each phase of project and demonstrate success in a technical field. A Project Scientist is also responsible for overseeing the scientific progress of an assigned project, including setting priorities, planning procedures, coordinating activities of team members, allocating/securing resources and equipment, recording, integrating and reporting results of project phases and team, training team members and determining flow of activities between departments.


R & D (70%)

  1. Plans and executes project work under general guidance of supervisor
  2. Performs hands-on work in laboratory
  3. Effectively interprets scientific data, sets priorities and makes decisions based on scientific data
  4. Collaboration and coordination of project activities with other researchers in a team setting

 Project, resource, team, collaboration and time management (20%)

  1. Work with other team members to meet deadlines and adhere to timelines

Writing, administration, communication (10%)

  1. Documents work progress in periodic progress reports and notebooks
  2. Effectively communicates in the form of written reports and lab presentations



  •  Minimum of 3 years Post PhD or MD experience. 



  •  PhD or MD degree or equivalent in biological sciences or related field



  • Tissue culture
  • Advanced molecular cloning techniques
  • Protein purification and analysis
  • Development of high throughput screening assays including positive and negative controls
  • Development and implementation of inducible protein expression systems
  • Effective at trouble shooting problems with molecular cloning, protein purification, etc.
  • Provide guidance to technicians and post-docs on diverse techniques


 Experience with:

  • Molecular cloning into plasmids and viral vectors
  • Inducible expression systems in mammalian cells
  • Protein interaction methods and protein purification
  • DNA-protein interaction methods
  • Molecular biology techniques such as Western blotting, PCR, etc.
  • Working with cancer data bases. 


  •  Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement


This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside.


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