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Jr. Specialist - Research Support 2019-2020

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 19th, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Aug 13, 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, Nov 10, 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.


Jr. Specialist Position - RESEARCH SUPPORT - 2019-2020

The Department of Surgery at the University of California, Davis invites applications for up to 8 qualified Junior Specialists for research support. This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on basic science research. The successful candidates will also participate in research laboratory support including; assisting with various research projects, organizing and maintaining lab supplies, research documentation searches and working with volunteers and students. The appointees will work under the supervision of one of our many Researchers.

General responsibilities may include:

• Develop, perform, and contribute to translational and basic science research projects
• Manage datasets, records, and research documentation
• Educate students and mentor students in the laboratory as required
• Prepare laboratory orders and maintain an inventory of laboratory supplies
•Participate in the writing and preparing of manuscripts and research publications
Writing, and editing various grant proposals including grant renewal applications
Contribute to translational and basic science research projects
• Ensure laboratory supplies are well stocked, and laboratory work areas are kept clean and free of potential contamination issues.

• Perform pathology techniques (tissue fixation/embedding, cryosectioning, and staining) on animal tissue samples
• Establish and maintain human and animal cell culture lines using sterile techniques
• Independently perform cellular and molecular biology assays including: flow cytometry, ELISA, PCR, and immunocytochemistry
• Prepare sterile media/reagents and maintain sterile facilities (incubator)
• Correctly use and maintain laboratory equipment such as micro-plate reader, balances, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettes, cryostat, and laminar flow hoods
• Update/ modify standard laboratory procedures to fulfill the needs of each research project.
• Other related jobs assigned by supervisor

• Participation in surgery and bioengineering conferences and professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations
• Review of journal manuscripts and other publications related to surgery and bioengineering research
• Additional education and credentials as related to surgery and bioengineering research

• Committee service for lab safety, animal care, facilities, and mentorship of volunteer students

• Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology or a related discipline
• Knowledge of basic molecular/cell biology techniques and terminology

• The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and an interest in basic science; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

SALARY: Step 1, $19.50 per hour/ $40,700 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Funding will come from existing grants.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Up to 8 positions

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Appointments may be made up to 100% time, benefits included based on appointment percentage. Duration: 1-2 years. On call and weekend work may be required, but will be scheduled ahead of time.

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 29, 2019.
However, the position will remain open until filled, or through November 11, 2020.

Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit: . A current CV and contact information for two references are required to apply.

Please direct questions to Racheal McGaha via email: Subject line should read: 2019-20 Research Support

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, and 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 UCSC 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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Document requirements
  • 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.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)