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Junior Specialist - Orthopaedic Research

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 1st, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

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.


UC Davis Health School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, an academic/clinical department, encompassing several sub-specialties, working to achieve excellence in patient care, teaching, research and public service. The Department’s strategy is built on four pillars: Impactful Advocacy; In-demand, World-Class Education; Innovation through Leading-Edge Research; and World-Class Quality, Value-Driven Clinical Care.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery invites applications from qualified candidates for a Junior Specialist position (1.0 FTE) in orthopaedic research. This research position will assist with ongoing studies involving cell culture of mammalian somatic, stem and progenitor, and cancer cells.

The duties of this position are designated to the criteria outlined below:

Research (90%):
The incumbent will be involved in the handling and maintenance of small animals such as mice or rats that are necessary as model systems of the studies. The incumbent will perform routine cell culture, biochemical assays, image-based characterization of cell behavior, literature reviews, and must provide regular written updates of progress as agreed upon between the candidate and investigators. The incumbent will contribute to scholarly manuscripts by reviewing and commenting on draft manuscripts, literature searches, data collection and scoring, and helping to write methods or other sections. The incumbent will review and conduct peer-reviewed literature searches relevant to scientific activities in the lab. The incumbent will serve as a research coordinator for ongoing studies conducted by PIs in the department, as resources permit. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communication between individual laboratories, data management and preparation of reports tailored to meet the needs of the requesting individual(s).

Professional Competence and Activity (5%):
The incumbent may participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations. The incumbent is expected to review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

University and Public Service (5%):
The incumbent will 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. The incumbent will participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

Candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree in a field that meet the needs of the department or equivalent research experience.


For full consideration, applications must be received by September 30, 2020. However, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2021. The following information is required: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for 3-5 references.

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

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, 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.

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (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)