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Junior Specialist - Martinez-Cerdeno Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 2nd, 2020

Last review date: Tuesday, Jun 16, 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: Friday, Nov 27, 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- Dr. Martinez-Cerdeno Lab

This position provides research support to the laboratory of Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for research on the anatomy of the brain in autism. Experience with human brain tissue is required.
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. The Junior Specialist will serve the public and University by mentoring students, interns, and volunteers on lab operations and projects.

• Assist with duties related to rodent care and handling, human tissue and cell culture, and histological evaluation of human brain structure for research on the anatomy of the brain in autism.
• Responsible for keeping track of laboratory supplies, placing orders to purchase supplies and equipment, maintaining a database of all laboratory supplies and purchases for research .
• Perform basic histological procedures including Nissl and immunostaining for proteins related to brain functioning in human brain tissue.
• Assist the PI in study design, collection and interpretation of data
• Contribute to the writing and review of a manuscripts.
• Design new protocols and optimize ongoing research protocols
• Participate in teaching research protocols and the experimental method to undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory.
• Maintain a clean and orderly working environment in the laboratory and will help or aid other lab members in the performance of their work.

• The incumbent will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the departmental meeting and other on-campus events.
• The incumbent will be encouraged to read appropriate literature and discuss during laboratory meetings.
• The incumbent will be encouraged to have membership with appropriate societies and participate in appropriate meetings and groups on-campus.
• The incumbent will serve as a key coordinator in large scale collaboration for studies in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing Sections

• Mentorship of undergraduate students including summer interns in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as rotating biomedical students.

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree in biological sciences or a related field
• Previous demonstrated experience in studying brain tissue
Preferred Qualifications:
• Proficient computer skills including spreadsheet and database software
• Ability to work with rodent tissue, human tissue and human cell lines
• Flexible to changing demands of research tasks
• Professional approach to work and attention to detail
• Ability to review literature and follow the exact protocols of others’
• Enthusiastic in learning new lab skills

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 11/27/2020.

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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)