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Junior Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 20th, 2018
Last review date: September 7th, 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 Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist.

The research for this position will focus on epigenetic investigations of autism spectrum disorders and possible transgenerational inheritance of epigenetic marks such as DNA methylation. Duties include performing both standard repetitive technical laboratory methods such as DNA isolations and PCR independently, organizing sample information into spreadsheets, and analysis of data under supervision. Recording of laboratory notebooks and oral presentation of data at weekly meetings is required. Experience in DNA isolations, bisulfite treatment of DNA, pyrosequencing, and preparation of whole genome methylation bisulfite sequencing is required. Training in institutional policies and procedures in animal care and human subjects is required. The candidate will review scholarly literature to improve or learn about methods for the project that are needed for ongoing projects and will participate in local conferences and joint lab meetings. The candidate will also provide University/public service by providing support in the over maintenance of the shared equipment in the department and mentoring undergraduate students.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or a related field with prior laboratory experience. Experience in DNA isolations, bisulfite treatment of DNA, pyrosequencing, and preparation of whole genome methylation bisulfite sequencing is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Coursework and/or experience to perform molecular biology techniques. Computer skills pertaining to scientific data entry and usage. Experience in developing or adapting experimental tools and assays. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team and will exhibit a professional approach to work and attention to detail.

Salary Range: Step I - $39,500 annual or Step II - $42,100 annual, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For full consideration, qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for at least three references by September 7, 2018. This position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2019. As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. Documents/materials may be submitted as PDF files via

The term of the appointment is short term, based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

Please direct any questions to Kathryn Blaisdell at

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • 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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