The College of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Scientist and Scientific Technical Writer (Assistant Scientist IV) position with research experience and excellent writing skills to support scientific activities in a neurodegenerative disease lab within the Department of Biomedical Sciences. The successful applicant will be a key member of a very strong and collaborative neuroscience research laboratory, whose focus is on molecular/cellular/translational neuroscience aspects of Parkinson’s disease and related neurodegenerative processes.

With guidance from the lab’s principal and co-investigators, duties would include pilot project management ranging from designing and monitoring experiments for generating preliminary data for grants, including directing graduate students or associates conducting experiments, to assembling and analyzing data as well as preparing pilot project-related grant applications. These research studies often require complex, novel approaches involving new instrumentation or procedures that could lead to patent application. Interdisciplinary collaboration in neurobiology and neuroscience with researchers from ISU and other universities is expected. In addition, this position will closely work with the principal investigator in preparing original research manuscripts, grant reports, scientific presentations, as well as writing reviews and book chapters. The successful applicant must have strong research experience and scientific literacy skills enabling them to work collaboratively with graduate students and other scientists to accurately and efficiently gather/collate data and analyze data to satisfy the latest reporting standards adopted by high-impact scientific journals for ensuring rigor and reproducibility. Related responsibilities will also include guiding scientific manuscripts and grants through the submission as well as directing any additional experiments requested during the scientific review process.

The successful candidate will have strong skills in scientific writing, overall excellent written communication, and organization. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, interacting effectively with laboratory staff and students.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 1 year of related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:

• Advanced degree in biology or related field

• Grant and manuscript writing experience, including editing experience

• Experience in advanced molecular biological and behavioral data analysis as well as data management and reporting

• Experience working in a large research lab

• Significant training in one or more disciplines related to molecular; cell biology, neuroscience, toxicology, pharmacology, biochemistry or related field