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Assistant Specialist - Lam Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 18th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 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 Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire a full-time employee as a Assistant Specialist in Dr. Kit Lam's lab.
The position of Assistant Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Assistant Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Assistant Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Assistant Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Assistant Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.
A. Collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities involving GMP grade polymer synthesis. Specifically, the appointee will be involved in highly specialized nanoparticle synthesis and nanoforumulation for human clinical trials. In many cases, appointee will be required to provide technical support for either investigators or students within Dr. Lam’s lab regarding the technical aspects of the research including method development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow up experiments.
Evaluation of the appointee’s performance in research activities or in outreach activities as deemed applicable to the individual project in specialized areas, as documented by any of the following:
1) Publications that acknowledge the Assistant Specialist’s significant and meaningful contribution to the work.
2) Publications on which the Assistant Specialist is a co-author
3) Other evidence (e.g. letters from collaborators or principal investigators) that work done by the Assistant Specialist contributed to publishable research.
4) Active dissemination of information (beyond the boundaries of the campus) through informal instruction, presentations, or other means stemming from the Assistant Specialist’s research accomplishments.
5) Other evidence of recognized expertise may include formal documentation of intellectual effort and participation in publishable research activities, first authorship on publications/patents, presentation of research at regional/national meetings, invitations to review grant proposals, and/or service on advisory panels.
B. Serve as a research coordinator for nanotherapeutic project. Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communication between individual laboratories, data management, and preparation of reports tailored to meet the needs of individual collaborators.


A. Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
B. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

A. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
B. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, CV, and statement of Research....... and contact information of five references online at For first full consideration, applications should be received by December 2, 2019. However, this position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2020.

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

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