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Assistant/Associate Project Scientist - Neuronal control adipose tissue and liver metabolis

University of California, Berkeley
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Assistant/Associate Project Scientist - Neuronal control adipose tissue and liver metabolis - Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology

Position overview Position title: Assistant to Associate Project Scientist
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position . A reasonable estimate for this position is $79,300-$87,000.

Percent time: 100

Anticipated start: Summer 2024

Position duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window
Open date: May 12, 2024

Next review date: Monday, May 27, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024 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 Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology Department at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Assistant/Associate Project Scientist in the Joni Nikkanen Lab, in the area of neuronal control adipose tissue and liver metabolism.

The group focuses on elucidating the neuronal control mechanisms governing adipose tissue and liver metabolism. We integrate multidisciplinary approaches spanning from molecular biology to physiology to understand how the brain regulates metabolic processes. Additionally, we apply our findings to develop targeted strategies for treating metabolic disorders, such as obesity and diabetes, by manipulating neuronal pathways that influence tissue metabolism. We are looking for a dedicated individual who is passionate about exploring the complex interactions between the nervous system and metabolic health.


The work will focus on the study of how hormones regulate liver metabolism, playing a critical role as the lead researcher for mouse experiments in the Nikkanen lab. The duties will involve creating and examining data from various liver and adipose cell lines DNA and RNA methylation studies, and RNA sequencing projects. To further knowledge in this area, the candidate will participate in several certification programs and training sessions related to physiology. Additionally, they will actively participate in the Nikkanen lab's workshops, journal discussions, and regular progress meetings. Depending on the development of the primary research project, they may also receive additional tasks or be involved in new research projects, involving the brain-liver communication.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) .

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
PhD (or equivalent international degree)

Preferred qualifications
  • Demonstrated expertise in leading projects on the epigenetic regulation of metabolism and adipose tissue metabolism, particularly under diabetes.
  • Skills in designing and executing experiments using mouse models and mammalian cell cultures.
  • Expertise with analyzing next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, including bulk RNA sequencing, single-cell RNA sequencing, and whole genome bisulfite sequencing.
  • Skills in developing custom scripts for data visualization using Python and R.
  • Experience in collaborating with a team of researchers to drive projects towards publication in high-impact journals.
  • Demonstrated experience in communicating findings at international conferences and seminars.
  • Commitment to mentoring junior researchers and students in molecular biology techniques and computational data analysis.
  • Experience in disease models, focusing on metabolic diseases, neuroscience, and cancer.
  • Proficient use of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques such as Western blot, qPCR, ChIP, cloning, and CRISPR/Cas9 systems.
  • Demonstrable publication record in peer-reviewed journals

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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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.

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Job location
Morgan Hall Berkeley, CA 94720

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