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Junior Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 15th, 2018
Last review date: January 15th, 2019
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.


Junior Specialist Position
Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
UC Davis School of Medicine

The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Junior Specialist (BS-level research assistant) to work in the Laboratory of Glenn Yiu, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator on translational research projects involving retinal cell biology, nanotechnology, genome engineering, and ophthalmic imaging. More information about the principal investigator can be found at: The laboratory is located in Tupper Hall on the UC Davis campus.
The incumbent will participate in planning, execution, and presentation of experiments involving mammalian tissue cultures, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, histology and animal surgery / imaging. The incumbent will also participate in lab activities, assist with maintenance of equipment and supplies, care of mouse colony, in addition to administrative duties involving safety protocols and allocation of grant funds to ensure cost-effectiveness of the research. If interested, occasional observation in the principal investigator’s clinical practice in medical retina and vitreoretinal surgery may occur. He/She will prepare manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator. Manuscript preparation will include reviewing relevant literature, describing methods and results used to acquire the data, presenting and analyzing data retrieved, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how they fit in the current understanding of the field.
Depending on the interest and availability of funds, the Junior Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The incumbent will also assist the principal investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies as well as lab meetings with other investigators.
The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate students from UC Davis. He/She will actively contribute to lab activities through staff meetings and presentations to colleagues and researchers from various scientific communities.
This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in future careers in science or medicine to gain experience in a stimulating and interactive lab environment. UC Davis School of Medicine offers a solid benefits package and the opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists in a cutting-edge setting.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor degree by the start of employment with a strong undergraduate background in science, prior laboratory research experience, have a demonstrated ability to work independently, taking initiative, making critical decision and communication of ideas, in addition to the ability to work occasional weekend hours for management of experiments. Preferred qualifications include some computer science or programming skills and experience with lab animal handling. 
For full consideration, applications must be received by March 1, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2019. Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit: Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for up to 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please direct questions to Joe F. Valadez, Jr. @
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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
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

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