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Junior Specialist- Grimsrud Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 7th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Jun 3, 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: Saturday, Nov 7, 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.


Junior Specialist Step I– Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Grimsrud Lab, Mouse Biology Program


The position of Junior Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, or with research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. Junior Specialists are required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. Junior Specialists are also expected to participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations as well as review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications as applicable related to their research area of expertise.


A. Work under the direction of the Principle Investigator on research projects. Specific project focus for this position includes, but not limited to pharmacological and genetic studies with an emphasis in pain drugs and pharmacogenetics, clinical and basic science studies, as well as bioinformatics and statistical analysis of complex data sets and development of novel models and network analysis approaches. Candidates should have a background in research (e.g. animal and/or human) and bioinformatics and data modeling. Additionally, this position also requires development of training and tools necessary for the conduct of the research. Coordinate research activities involving clinical pharmacology, including patient enrollment, sample and data collection, and analysis. Assists with grant and manuscript preparation.

B. Assists with budget management of grants and supply acquisition.

C. Evaluation of performance in research activities is subject to the applicable individual project in specialized areas, as documented by any of the following:
• Publications that acknowledge the Junior Specialist's significant and meaningful contribution to the work.
• Publications on which the Junior Specialist is an author.
• Other evidence (e.g., letters from collaborators or principal investigators) that work done by the Junior Specialist contributed to publishable research.

• Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, such as American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Pharmacogenetics Research Network, and International Society of Pharmacometrics to learn more about the newest advances in bioinformatic analysis and to attend meetings and workshops to gain additional expertise in these areas.
• Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

• 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. For example, communicate with Shriner's headquarters in Florida for developing and using the online data management system (ONCORE), as well as work with and external IRB (WIRB) committees. We will also be working with the PharmGKB group based out of Stanford and other pharmacogenetic consortiums to gain expertise and assistance with data analysis and curation.
• Participate in activities of committee related to the research work.

• Bachelor degree in biological sciences or a related field
• Demonstrated experience in human or animal research
• Proficient computer skills including spreadsheet and database software

• Professional approach to work and attention to detail
• Ability to review literature and follow the exact protocols of others
• Bioinformatics background
• General understanding of genetics
• Knowledge of various approaches of statistical analysis
• Computer modeling and simulations
• Ability to work with human or animal samples or tissues
• Flexible to changing demands of research tasks

Step I - $40,700 Annually, 100% FTE

Number of Positions Available: 1

Term of Appointment:
One year with possibility to extend. Non-Exempt appointment based on the needs of the research project. 100% Appointment.

Please submit:
Cover Letter, CV (Required) or Resume, and Contact Information for 3-5 references (Required) to

This posting will remain open until filled through 11/07/2020.

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)