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Junior Specialist - Smith Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 1st, 2019
Last review date: Monday, May 20, 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: Monday, Sep 30, 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 (JPF02808) to serve in general support of molecular, cellular, microcopy-based, and physiological experiments related to the study of skeletal muscle.


Research (90%)

This position requires creative contributions to a new research program investigating topics in skeletal muscle physiology, with an emphasis on fibrosis within muscular dystrophies. The candidate will assist in determining research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. S/he will spearhead specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques and the documentation and organization of results in preparation of scientific publication or grant proposals. The candidate will train and coordinate the activities of a pool of undergraduate students regarding the technical aspects of the research, to include: colony management, PCR-based genotyping, cell culture, trouble-shooting issues, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments. S/he will be responsible for lab upkeep, including ordering of consumables and ensuring the lab is a clean and safe place to work. The candidate will receive specific training for duties required. Experience in muscle physiology, cell culture, microscopy, or animal handling will be considered a bonus. Skill in standard laboratory techniques, quality communication skills, and a strong work ethic are expected.

Professional Competence (5%)
The candidate will be expected to actively contribute to weekly lab meetings and present in that forum an average of 2 times per year on research progress. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to actively contribute in journal clubs designed to discuss an appropriate scientific publication related to lab research. The candidate is encouraged to attend seminars, present research outside the lab setting, and interact with professional interest groups. The candidate will be allowed to engage in public outreach activities that include presenting research results to the public.

Service (5%)

The incumbent will act as a mentor for undergraduate volunteers in the lab, and provide training in lab procedures.

• BS degree in biosciences related discipline
• Experience in standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, making solutions, etc)

• Excellent organization skills and precise execution of experimental protocols
• Strong work ethic, quality communication skills, and a positive team player
• Willingness to work with and handle mouse model systems

• Experience in skeletal muscle physiology
• Experience in mouse handling
• Affinity and experience with a range of microscopy-based imaging techniques
• Skills in basic cell culture

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 September 30, 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 made up to 100%.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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)