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Junior Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 1st, 2019
Last review date: February 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.


The Department of Surgery at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist.

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on basic science research and provide high-level technical writing support to Principal Investigators in the Department of Surgery. The successful candidate will also participate in research laboratory support including; assisting with various research projects, research documentation searches and mentoring volunteers and students.

General responsibilities could include:

• Writing, editing and finalizing various grant proposals including new grant applications, grant renewal applications,
training and fellowship grants, and various other scientific grant proposals.
• Active participation in finalizing written scientific products to include: abstracts, research grant proposals, PowerPoint presentations, manuscripts, publications, and reports.
• Assist with preparing budgets for grant proposals
• Contribute to translational and basic science research projects
• Manage datasets, records, and research documentation
• Educate students and mentor students in the laboratory as required
• Ensure laboratory supplies are well stocked, and laboratory work areas are kept clean and free of potential contamination issues.

• Prepare sterile media/reagents and maintain sterile facilities (incubator)
• Correctly use and maintain laboratory equipment such as micro-plate reader, balances, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettes, cryostat, and laminar flow hoods
• Update/ modify standard laboratory procedures to fulfill the needs of each research project.
• Other related jobs assigned by supervisor

• Participation in surgery and bioengineering conferences and professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations
• Review of journal manuscripts and other publications related to surgery and bioengineering research
• Additional education and credentials as related to surgery and bioengineering research

• Mentorship of volunteer and undergraduate students

• Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology or a related discipline
• Knowledge of basic molecular/cell biology techniques and terminology
• Knowledge of scientific terminology commonly used in biomedical research
• Demonstrated strong writing, editing and proofreading skills, as applied to scientific and technical writing (e.g. abstracts, grant proposals and manuscripts)
• Strong analytical skills to interpret data and present information in an understandable format
• Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to effectively interact with a diverse
group of individuals including faculty, staff, students, granting agencies, and the general public
• Experience with various computer applications: word processing, spreadsheets, email, web
applications, and databases. (Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint). Ability to learn new computer
applications as needed

• Strong scientific writing skills

SALARY RATE: Step I - $39,500 annual Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Funding will come from existing grants.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% time, benefits included. Duration: 1 year..

For full consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2019; however, the position will remain open through June 30, 2019, or until filled. To apply, please go the following link:

Applicants should submit a CV and contact information for at least 3 references.

Please direct questions to Racheal McGaha,

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, and 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.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus ( If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Job location

Sacramento , CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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 required (contact information only)

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