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Junior Specialist -- Ryan Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 29th, 2019

Last review date: Sunday, Aug 11, 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.


The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a Junior Specialist (JPF02992) to provide general support in the planning and execution of research projects studying neuroendocrine regulation of systemic metabolism.

Candidates may be required to work variable hours on some occasions to meet research needs. In addition, candidates should have the ability to work both independently on certain projects (without day-to-day supervision) as well as work productively with other members of the lab. Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below.

Research (90%)

In Vivo Physiology
This position requires creative contributions to an active research program investigating topics relevant to neuroendocrine regulation of systemic metabolism. Specifically, our lab is interested in how signals derived from the meals we eat can act on neuroendocrine circuits to alter metabolism. An important goal of this research is to identify new targets for therapeutic intervention in cardiometabolic disease and stress-associated disorders. The Junior Specialist will be actively involved in innovative research that will require the candidate to be informed on current findings in the field. The candidate will be expected to perform reviews of the literature required for the project in question. S/he will assist in determining research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. The Junior Specialist will assist with the execution of rodent metabolism and stress studies including in vivo physiology, pharmacology and behavior. S/he will also assist with and perform specialized rodent surgeries.

Bench/ Wet Lab Analyses
The Junior Specialist will be responsible for many aspects of data collection and analysis. S/he will be responsible for the selection of appropriate methods and techniques and the for the documentation and organization of the project results. Junior Specialist will assist with and perform benchtop analysis of tissues, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.

Data Analysis and Assist with Regulatory Compliance
The candidate is expected to be an active member of the research team in creatively adapting the protocol and documenting changes as appropriate. S/he will assist the PI in many aspects of the research study and work independently under supervision of the PI to insure adherence to study protocols. The Junior Specialist will also help maintain and manage small animal breeding colonies; analyze findings under supervision; assist with regulatory compliance. S/he will be responsible for lab upkeep, including ordering of consumables and ensuring the lab is a clean and safe place to work.

Professional Competence (5%)
The Junior Specialist is expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings and monthly journal club presentations designed to discuss an appropriate scientific publication related to lab research. The candidate will also be expected to read research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will train and coordinate the activities of the laboratory undergraduate students regarding the technical aspects of the research, which includes colony management, PCR-based genotyping, trouble-shooting issues, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments.

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

• Good organization skills and precise execution of experimental protocols.

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 June 30, 2020 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: Qualified applicants should upload (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) via this URL:

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The University of California, 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, 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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available

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

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position

  • 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)