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Junior Specialist - LaSalle Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 23rd, 2019
Last review date: Monday, Oct 7, 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 Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist to work full-time under the direction of Dr. Janine LaSalle.

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions the mechanisms underlying Rett, Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, research in computational analysis of chromatin immunopreciptiation, 5-hydroxymethyl cytosine, whole genome bisulfite and RNA high throughput sequencing data. The candidate will use computational machine learning and data modeling to provide insights into the pathogenesis of these genetic disorders. The candidate will also be responsible for data curation. The candidate will receive training by post-doctoral fellows, senior researchers, and the principal investigator in order to participate in the design, collection, and interpretation of data by looking at the data gathered from the experiment that has produced the data and evaluate the information in order to consult with the PI and senior researchers. Laboratory maintenance and National Institutes of Health and University of California regulatory compliance include assisting senior researchers in the preparation of BUA and animal use protocols, maintenance of lab safety protocols, preparation of bacterial cell culture plates, management of specimen inventory, data input and storage, and maintaining an inventory of supplies and placing requests for orders to the business office is expected. The candidate will be expected to attend lab meetings and when appropriate, present data to their laboratory peers and contribute to scholarly articles by providing their research findings, data, and write-ups on the work performed and may participate in writing manuscript portions in relation to their research findings. The candidate will review scholarly literature to improve or learn about methods for the project that are needed for ongoing projects and will participate in local conferences and joint lab meetings. The candidate will also provide University/public service by providing support in the maintenance of shared equipment in the department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and mentoring of undergraduate students.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Math or Statistics with prior laboratory experience. Experience with C++, Java, R and Python, computer programming. Coursework and/or experience with machine learning and computational modeling.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in developing or adapting computational tools for DNA analysis and prior publication. 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 and will exhibit a professional approach to work and attention to detail.

Salary Range: Step I – annual rate of $39,500 or Step II – annual rate of $42,100, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For full consideration, applications should be received by October 7, 2019. However, this position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2020.

The term of the appointment is short term, based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

To Apply: Please go to the following link: . Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter and contact information of three references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Please direct any questions to Marianne Goetze at

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)