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The Department of Pediatrics ( and the Sun Lab researching Genetic Mechanisms of Lung Function and Disease at the University of California, San Diego are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body are seeking a Project Scientist.

The Project Scientist will be expected to conduct research, as well as work on existing and new research programs in the group. In addition, the Project Scientist will work with external groups and coordinate joint research efforts associated with multi-institutional grants awarded to the Sun Lab. The Project Scientist will use mouse genetics to model lung disease and infectious viral agents in mice, including influenza and SARS-CoV-2.

In addition to research, the position requires publication of research results, presentation at conferences, participation in group meetings, supervision of technicians and undergraduates, mentoring and teaching graduate students and postdocs, grant writing, and submission of research reports to sponsors.

Appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Project Scientist level based on background and experience.

Candidates must have a PhD in genetics, respiratory biology, or a related field. Candidates must have evidence of publications in leading science journals.

Candidates with at least 15 years of research experience after graduate training are preferred. Candidates with experience with murine models of infection and experience in handling biosafety level 2 (BSL2) and BSL3 agents are preferred. Candidates with a demonstrated ability to obtain funding (including fellowships, travel awards, and funding proposals) are also preferred.

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