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Junior Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 9th, 2018
Last review date: September 27th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology is recruiting for a Junior Specialist.
Junior Specialists will be trained in the full spectrum of academic research ranging from experimental design and performance to data analysis and preparing data for publication. They will work under academic supervision. A Junior specialist is expected and required to be actively/significantly involved in publishable research activities. They will be involved both pre-clinical and clinical cancer immunotherapy studies and will be responsible for these projects from start to finish with appropriate supervision. This will be accomplished through assessing the literature and designing and implementing experimental plans, working with cell cultures, laboratory mice, and tissues samples from humans and canines. Additionally, they will be expected to maintain an organized lab book, help with general lab upkeep and ordering of supplies. They will receive additional training in lab procedures including those on flow cytometry, in-vivo mouse studies, and molecular techniques. The appointee will also assist with data compilation and analysis under supervision as well as preparing manuscripts for publication and will co-author manuscripts of research they are involved with. All specialists are judged on performance in research.
Junior specialists will be required to participate in the full spectrum of academic research. They will help design and perform experiments and will be responsible for creative input into experimental design. The will assist in writing and co-authoring manuscripts based on the research they perform. They will also organize research findings into publication quality figures for manuscripts to be published. They will present their research at institutional and national scholarly research meetings including the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology annual meetings. They will also participate in these national meetings as an attendee in addition to presenting. They will be required to critically assess the current literature in the field and modify current research plans based on the changing academic field.
Junior Specialists are expected to participate in trainings, lab meetings and scheduled lab Journal Clubs. They will also mentor in conjunction with the academic supervisor undergraduate student volunteers in the lab.
1) The candidate must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in biology,
2) Experience working in a life sciences laboratory. Specifically, experience with mammalian cell culture, in vivo murine tumor modelling, and flow cytometry
3) Ability to work independently with appropriate supervision
4) Excellent organizational skills
5) Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment.
6) Ability to communicate clearly
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
For full consideration, applications must be received by August 24, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2019. Interested applicants should respond with statement of interest, current CV, and contact information for 3 references: All documents must be submitted as a PDF file.
UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.
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Job location

Sacramento, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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