Associate Project Scientist


University of California, Irvine, Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders


Irvine, California


Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae which should include a record of research experience and the names of three references before September 29, 2017. at


The University of California, Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) has an opportunity for an associate project scientist. The successful candidate will be immediately responsible for 1) managing all UCI MIND human subject research protocols and ensuring that regulatory matters are appropriately addressed and satisfied in a timely fashion, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) documents as well as managing requirements; 2) performing research on participant recruitment and retention; 3) analyzing data, writing, editing, and submitting work to peer reviewed journals; 4) developing informed consents and protocol narratives for all of UCI MIND Human Subjects research protocols; 5) training/coordinating with clinical research faculty, staff, on regulatory matters and compliance; 6) maintaining relationships with IRB, study sponsors, and clinical research monitors; 7) developing/delivering educational presentations for recruitment/retention purposes; and 8) managing recruitment materials requiring IRB human subjects approvals in all UCI MIND marketing/communications efforts (i.e., social media, mailings, email, website, media outlets) and electronic medical record recruitment queries. The incumbent will be expected to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job, and maintain a high level of professionalism and collegiality in interactions with participants, patients, and team members.

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.


Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or another health-related topic. The candidate must have previous experience in Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, including trials in dementia as well as mild cognitive impairment. The center is especially interested in applicants with proficiency in the following areas:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience conducting clinical research trials.
  • Minimum of three years of developing, submitting, and maintaining IRB approvals.
  • Previous experience drafting and managing protocols.
  • Strong knowledge of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and regulatory (IRB) compliance guidelines for conducting clinical studies
  • Strong background developing and executing complex study protocols
  • Knowledge of dementia in its different forms.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with the elderly.
  • Experience in data collection and analysis of recruitment of research participants.
  • Ability to establish and maintain accurate files and records.
  • Experience describing the benefits of Alzheimer’s disease research participation to the public and successfully facilitating enrollment.

Applicants must have advanced writing skills and experience with scientific writing. Previous experience with electronic medical records, clinical trials management software, and electronic data capture systems is preferred. Candidates must be able to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams and to manage projects within a complex organization; therefore, excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills are essential. This position will be appointed at the level that is commensurate with the education and experience of the individual candidate.