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SOM: Pharmacology Junior Specialist - Sato Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 1st, 2019

Last review date: Wednesday, Oct 16, 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 University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology invites applications for one 50%-time Junior Specialist position in the sub-specialty area of Cardiovascular Research. Junior Specialist appointees will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in Pharmacology sub-specialties in the areas stated above. The incumbent will devote 40% of time to research, and 10% to university and public service as described below.

Research (90%): Successful candidates will participate in computer modeling, machine learning and/or medical device development studies. The incumbent will actively participate in creative activities including research presentation and publications. The goal of the research is to investigate properties of the pig ventricular myocyte using physiologically detailed mathematical models. The candidate will assist the PI in performing mathematical analysis, computer simulations, 3D printing, electrical work, and experiments. The candidate will contribute to data collection, analysis and putting together graphical representations of data for scholarly manuscripts as well as participating in writing, editing and reviewing the manuscript. Candidates will review relevant journal articles, participate in scientific discussions in both the lab setting and more formal venues such as the weekly journal club and lab meeting, the monthly departmental research in progress talks and when appropriate local national and international scientific meetings such as Davis cardiovascular symposium.

Service (10%): The candidate is expected to contribute to University and Public service by mentoring undergraduate students, dissemination of experimental procedures/technical expertise to other research groups and consultation with IACUC and safety committees on campus. Candidates may also be expected to review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to their sub-specialty area. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Junior Specialist positions are short term, two-year maximum appointments based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required by the start date of this position. Basic qualifications include appropriate lab experience in the appropriate sub-specialty area.

The candidate should have minimal one-year experience in laboratory or extensive research experience as an undergraduate researcher. The candidate should also have enough knowledge of linear algebra, differential equations, electrophysiology. All the codes are written in C/C++, MATLAB, or Python. Thus, the candidate should also have expertise in MATLAB, C/C++, and Python programming. Experience with mathematical analysis, biological modeling & simulations, electronic circuits, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and image analysis is highly desirable. Successful candidates have experience working in a team and can effectively communicate their knowledge to others.

Potential hazards in the laboratory may include human and animal tissue, adenoviruses and some carcinogenic substances.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 16th; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2020. Qualified applicants should submit a Cover Letter detailing their qualifications for the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for 3-5 references online at All documents must be uploaded as PDF files.

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.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)