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Junior Specialist Position - Simo Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 12th, 2019
Last review date: Sunday, Aug 25, 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, Dec 31, 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 Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire a full-time employee as a Junior Specialist in Dr. Sergi Simo’s lab. This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in developmental neurobiology. The goal of the Simo lab is to understand at the cellular level how regulation of signaling pathways by the E3 ubiquitin ligases control neuronal migration and position, and overall nervous system morphogenesis. neuron posits and regulation. Most importantly, this position requires a highly motivated, organized, and focused individual who is eager to learn and take initiative. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as to work independently and as part of a team.

Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:

The selected candidate is expected to work closely with the principal investigator and other lab members on research projects related to neuronal development, neuron migration, and nervous system morphogenesis. The candidate will plan and execute experiments including maintaining and breeding mice, collect samples, perform immunohistological assays, image and record data, and genotyping.

The candidate is expected to collaborate with the PI using data from research projects he/she is directly involved in with peer-reviewed publications. Such journals include: Neural Development, Developmental Biology, Development, and Developmental Cell. The candidate will also play a key role in animal inventory and care, maintaining lab supplies, and general laboratory organization.

The candidate will participate in weekly lab meetings, departmental seminars such as Research in Progress seminars, and other relevant research seminars on campus. In these meetings, the candidate will: present his/her own research results or recent research journal articles relevant to the projects and/or engage in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results.

In a later stage of employment, the candidate is expected to attend and present data in regional conferences or retreats with the topics on developmental neurobiology. Additionally, the candidate will assist the PI in reviewing research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to the area of expertise.

The Simo lab has several undergraduate researchers and the incumbent will provide mentorship to these undergraduate students.

• Bachelor degree in Neurobiology or a related field. Must have received bachelor’s degree by June 30, 2019.
• Minimum of six months of research experience in a laboratory setting.
• Experience in mouse handling, mouse colony monitoring, and maintenance, histological techniques, and microscopy are required

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-Time (100%) appointment. Initial appointment is for 12 months; reappointment is pending satisfactory performance, needs of the research project, and sufficient funding.

To apply, please go to the following link: ( For full considerations applications must be completed by August 25, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled through December 31, 2019.

Qualified applicants should submit:
• Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• Cover letter - detailing your qualification for this position
• Contact information for 2 - 3 professional references

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, 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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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 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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Job location

Davis, Ca


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

  • Cover Letter - Please detail your qualifications for this position.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)