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Project Scientist

Position overview

Salary range: Salary Range:$71,500-$91,000

Application Window

Open date: March 28, 2024

Next review date: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date.

Position description

The UC Irvine Department of Otolaryngology seeks a part-time or full-time project scientist with experience in CRISPR to work on inner ear therapeutics in cell culture and animals. The successful candidate should have a background in molecular genetics and will be overseeing the design and implementation of inner ear therapeutics in cell culture and eventually animal models.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Hands-on experience analyzing DNA/RNAs methods or proteins (ELISA, qPCR, ddPCR, flow cytometry, western blot, and other techniques)
• Proficient in cell-based assays with various readout technologies, such as flow cytometry
• Proficient in molecular biology techniques common in upstream research, including molecular cloning, lentivirus production and titering, processing genomic DNA and RNA for downstream analysis
• Hands-on experience altering the genome of mammalian cells with gene editing and gene delivery techniques using CRISPR-based tools and beyond in viral vectors (AAV, lentiviral, adenovirus, etc) or mRNA
• Develop and execute assays for characterizing CRISPR delivery constructs such as cell type specificity & expression
• Experience in CRISPR work in animals preferred but not required
• Experience with hearing in animals is a plus but not required
• Collaborate across pre-clinical therapeutic groups and externally to drive the advancement of nucleic acid drug components
• Critically evaluate experiment data and communicate scientific findings as verbal presentations and written reports
• Aid in preparing presentations, reports, and journal/conference publications
• Assist with grant applications as needed

Submit your online application and complete curriculum vitae and 3 or more references by logging in to UC Irvine’s RECRUIT System, located at:

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More information on the department can be found at
For further information pertaining to this recruitment please contact:

Hamid Djalilian, Professor
333 City Bvld, Suite 525
Orange, California 92868-5386
Phone: 714-456-5591
Fax: 714-456-5747


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. from an accredited university

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
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About UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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