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Montpetit Lab - Junior Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 18th, 2019
Last review date: Tuesday, Oct 15, 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.


Professor Ben Montpetit, at the University of California, Davis, is seeking a 100% time, step 1 Junior Specialist to assist senior members of his research team. This position will involve research on the molecular and cell biology of RNA viruses within host cells.

The incumbent will be involved in (i) culturing mammalian cells, (ii) infecting cells with virus, (iii) isolating viral RNA and evaluating interactions with host cell components, and (iv) imaging virus and host factors using established methods. The incumbent will be expected to work independently to develop and execute experimental plans in partnership with senior personnel, to analyze and interpret the data she/he collects, to propose future experimentation, and to present her/his findings to the research group through oral and written communication. Through these activities the incumbent will contribute significantly to the advancement of the projects and future directions for the research.

To perform these roles successfully, it is expected that the incumbent will actively read the literature, attend local campus seminars related to her/his research, and both attend and present her/his work at scientific conferences. National conferences could include the annual meetings of the RNA Society, American Society for Cell Biology, and American Society for Virology, to which membership would also be obtained. To gain advanced training and skills the junior specialist may attend campus workshops (e.g. bioinformatics training) or be sent to the laboratory of collaborators for advanced skills training. It is expected that the junior specialist will also co-author manuscripts with the PI, which will involve manuscript writing and figure preparation. The junior specialist will also be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate students, training them in cell and molecular biology laboratory techniques.

Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)

Basic requirements:

  • B.S. in Biological sciences in the area of Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Cell biology, or Microbiology
  • >1 year of experience working in a research lab (e.g. directed undergraduate research, summer research, honors programs, or work post-degree)
  • experience with common laboratory skills, including PCR, DNA & RNA isolation, western blotting, and mammalian cell culture

Preferred qualifications:

  • experience working with viruses in tissue culture, including virus infection
  • experience with tissue culture, including RNAi knockdown, generation of stable cell lines, transfection
  • experience in any of the areas of proteomics, next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, fluorescent imaging, or characterization of RNA-binding interactions.
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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

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