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Junior Specialist - Hedrick Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 28th, 2018
Last review date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist (JPF02520) in general support of experiments related to the study of the animal personality and the evolution of animal behavior (crickets).


Research (90%)

This position requires creative contributions to an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of animal personality. The candidate will help to determine research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will aid in designing and spearheading specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques and to document and organize the results in preparation of scientific publications or grant proposals. The candidate will train and coordinate the activities of a pool of undergraduate students regarding the technical aspects of the research, including colony management, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results, and helping to plan follow-up experiments. He/she will be responsible for the upkeep of the lab including animal maintenance when necessary (and/or managing undergraduates to do this), ordering consumables, requesting quotes, and ensuring that the lab is a clean and safe place to work. Experience in insect culture and biology will be considered a bonus, as well as affinity for topics in evolution and behavior. Excellence in standard laboratory techniques, use of computers and a very strong work ethic are expected.

Professional Competence (5%)
The candidate will be expected to actively contribute to all lab meetings, and will present to that same forum on the research progress made. The candidate will attend seminars and may present research results and is encouraged to interact with professional interest groups.

Service (5%)
The candidate will be encouraged, when appropriate, to engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $39,500 [100% annual] or Step II - $42,100 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until October 31, 2019 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, up to two years. Appointments may be part time (50%) up to full time (100)%.

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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 required (contact information only)