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Jr. Specialist Dr. Jin and Dr. Maezawa Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 13th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Aug 27, 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: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 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.


Position Summary:
The full-time junior specialist will be mainly involved in studying molecular and cellular biological of neuroinflammation related to brain disorders, under the supervision of Dr. Jin in the laboratory located at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute. Specifically, the projects will study the involvement of glycoproteins and sugar-binding proteins in cellular signal transduction during neuroinflammation.

General responsibilities could include:
• Contribute to translational and basic science research projects
• Manage datasets, records, and research documentation
• Educate students and mentor students in the laboratory as required
• Conduct the following laboratory techniques: 1) routine cell cultures; 2) routine rodent husbandry, simple rodent procedures, and genotyping; 3) DNA extraction; 4) microscopy; 5) ELISA.
• 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
• The incumbent will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the departmental meeting and other on-campus events.
• The incumbent will be encouraged to read appropriate literature and discuss during laboratory meetings.
• The incumbent will be encouraged to have membership with appropriate societies and participate in appropriate meetings and groups on-campus.
• The incumbent will serve as a key coordinator in large scale collaboration investigating the roles of sugar in brain pathophysiology.
• Mentorship of volunteer and undergraduate students

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree in biological sciences or a related field
• Previous demonstrated experience in studying sugar-binding proteins

Preferred Qualifications:
• Proficient computer skills including spreadsheet and database software
• Ability to work with rodent tissue, human tissue and human cell lines
• Flexible to changing demands of research tasks
• Professional approach to work and attention to detail
• Ability to review literature and follow the exact protocols of others’
• Enthusiastic in learning new lab skills

Step I - $39,500 Annually, 100% FTE

Number of Positions Available: 2

Term of Appointment:
One year with possibility to extend to two maximum. Non-Exempt appointment based on the needs of the research project. 100% Appointment.

Please submit:
Cover Letter (Required), CV (Required) or Resume, and Contact Information for three references (Required)

This posting will remain open until filled through 8/13/2020.
Applicants should submit Cover Letter (Optional) and CV (Required) or Resume to

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Job location

Sacramento, 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)