The Yassa laboratory at the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior is seeking a professional researcher to plan, coordinate, and oversee all operational activities required to manage the lifecycle of biomarker samples (collection, processing, analysis, data delivery and cleaning process, and final sample disposition). The successful candidate will design and validate immunoassays and other biomarker assays for the detection and quantification of target analytes in complex biological matrices; evaluate and prioritize new technologies related to biomarker assays for neurodegenerative diseases; ensure standardization and harmonization of end-to-end biospecimen activities across longitudinal study designs, maximize biomarker specimen accrual and quality; manage sample logistics and operations for clinical and biomarker samples, working closely with team personnel, central laboratories, and specialty lab vendors; provide biomarker operational expertise and guidance to diverse working groups, supervise and train lab personnel and junior faculty; stay up-to-date with emerging trends and technologies in biomarker development, particularly in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, pharmacology, neuroscience, or a related field. Broad experience with diverse biomarker technologies, including but not limited to immunoassays, gene expression methodologies, epigenetics, next-generation sequencing and other genomic technologies, along with demonstrated ability to implement such technologies into clinical research. Ten years of experience in translational research, including discovery, development, and utilization of biomarkers and their associated technologies in an academic and/or industry setting. Extensive expertise in immunoassay development and validation, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Must have experience in biomarker assays using complex matrices.

Qualified candidates should send curriculum vitae along with the names and addresses of three references to the following on-line recruitment URL to submit the material requested:

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 condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up-to-date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Salary Range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $121,700 – $221,800. See Researcher Series – Represented Fiscal Year.