The fellows will benefit from a dynamic and highly collaborative environment in the Center for Neuroscience as well as opportunities to interact with the extended scientific community at UC Davis, which ranks among the top 10 public research universities in the US. They will also enjoy the lifestyle of northern California. These are full-time positions, with salary commensurate to NIH scale and health benefits. Interested candidate postdocs should e-mail a CV and a brief cover letter with contact information for two references. UC Davis is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
ADVANCING DIVERSITY IN NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH
We are excited to announce a new initiative for Advancing Diversity in Neuroscience Research (ADNR). This initiative is fully funded by NINDS and provides funding for 10 diverse sophomores per year (for 5 years) to conduct faculty-mentored research (for a salary) for 2 quarters starting in winter quarter, 2020. After spring quarter, the students will be eligible to apply for the ADNR-Honors Research (ADNR-HR) Program, which provides support for 24-months. ADNR-HR will support 5 juniors and 5 seniors each year.
To qualify for either program, students must meet one of the following requirements:
Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:
Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml.
Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.
If you are interested in doing research in our lab under the auspices of the ADNR program, please send your cv/resume and a brief personal statement/cover letter to Diasynou
UC Davis Genome center
Wall Hall UC Davis
A few words of advice for undergraduate research applicants
I see quite a few emails from current undergraduates who are interested in applying to positions in research labs, including ours. Here are some suggestions before you send that email:
Read the lab description web page and read (or at least skim) lab publications. Is the lab work exciting to you? Are you willing to put in the time and effort required to learn about the science done in the lab?
Do not write a general application letter that you send to a number of labs. Instead, explain WHY you are interested in the lab and what you hope to gain from this experience.
Include in your letter relevant skills/experiences in addition to any technical skills/previous lab experience. For example, in our lab where persistence and good hand-eye coordination are highly valued, skills like painting, playing an instrument or assembling miniature gadgets can set an applicant apart.
Neuroscience attracts people from diverse backgrounds-- from genetics/genomics to social psychology and everything in between. For our lab in particular, a solid science background is required. We can teach you different techniques and skills, but if you don't know e.g., what voltage is or don't care about neurons and synapses, you will not be happy here.