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Junior Specialist - Rodent lab neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 16th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Jul 30, 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: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 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 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist to join Melissa Bauman, Ph.D. and the rodent lab working on questions in preclinical studies of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia

The candidate selected for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in preclinical studies of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. Successful candidates will participate in laboratory studies using rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders, and they will assist in studies using behavioral and biological assays to assess neurological function in said models.

General responsibilities include:


General responsibilities include overseeing the development of gestational models (tracking estrous cycles, managing breeding, performing tail-vein blood draws and injections, collecting bio specimens and brain tissue, identification tattooing, weaning), handling, and training and testing rats on a variety of behavioral assays for motor function, sensory processing of auditory and visual stimuli, memory and learning and social interactions used to characterize animal models of developmental disorders. Additional duties will include performing behavioral and cognitive testing in accordance with Animal Care and Use approved research protocol and collecting, entering, and organizing behavioral data using Excel spreadsheets. Technical responsibilities will include sectioning, mounting, and processing tissues for histological studies and microscopy work. Additional responsibilities may include laboratory assistance for processing brain tissue samples, administering and assisting in MRIs, and assisting with data analysis/manuscript preparation. Given the nature of behavioral research, some pre-scheduled weekend work will be required.

Responsibilities also include assistance in the design of new behavioral tests, summarizing experimental data and generating summary reports of results, as well as attending weekly research meetings with principle investigators, research fellows, and other staff. This position assists in the preparation of manuscripts for publication, review of research proposals, and will be expected to attend seminars and other activities relevant to research on neurodevelopmental disorders.

Attending community events such as Autism Speaks walks, children's fairs, and talking about our research with community members at these events. Attending MIND Institute lectures and talking about our research with community members at these events. Participate in the University by volunteering at special events for families of kids with autism that participate in research studies at the MIND Institute.

• Bachelor degree in neuroscience, animal behavior or a related field with experience in laboratory and/or field research
• Experience working with preclinical behavioral research models
• Experience collecting biological samples and/or performing injections in rodent models
• Demonstrated organizational skills
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently with multiple people
• Knowledge and understanding of animal protocols
• Experience assisting in writing protocols and procedural amendments for review by the lab team, CNPRC and the Animal Care and Use Committee for ethical treatment of lab animals

• Experience with rodent behavioral and neuroscience research methods
• Experience specifically with rodent colony husbandry (monitoring animal health etc.)
• Demonstrated ability to operate and maintain laboratory apparatus

12-month term appointment from start date at 100% time (full time).

Step 1 - $44,500 annual, or Step II - $47,400 annual, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For full consideration, applications must be received by 7/30/2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through 6/30/2021 or until filled. To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for at least 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Please direct questions to Melissa Bauman, Ph.D. with further questions.

The University of California, 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.

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 UCD 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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Job location

Sacramento and Davis


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

  • Cover Letter

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