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Junior Specialist - Trimmer Lab

Application Window

Open date: September 29th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Jun 6, 2021 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, Aug 31, 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.

Position description

The Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire one employee as a Junior Specialist in Dr. Trimmer’s laboratory. This position will undertake research employing molecular and cell biology level techniques focused on recombinant antibody characterization and validation.

Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:

This position requires creative contributions to an active research program developing, characterizing and validating renewable recombinant antibodies for use in biomedical research. A major goal of this research is to improve the overall quality and reproducibility of research through increased use of highly validated renewable recombinant antibodies. research reagents. The Junior Specialist will help to determine research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator.

Specific tasks will require proficiency in antibody characterization including ELISAs, immunoblotting/western blotting, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry. This will include mammalian cell culture and plasmid DNA transfections. In addition to tasks related to these skills, the Junior Specialist will be involved in coordinating transfer of reagents and information with outside laboratories.

This position also involves interaction with lab members to assess and address research priorities and needs across the group, and presentation/participation in group meetings. This position requires careful attention to detail, including accurate and comprehensive documentation of results in databases that are critical for subsequent experiments. This position requires significant involvement in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. The ideal candidate will have strong logistical skills, be able to prioritize projects, make efficient use of time and have the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced research lab.

The candidate will be expected to join The Antibody Society, attend conferences, participate and contribute to departmental and other seminars, journal clubs and other activities, as applicable.

Candidate will mentor undergraduates in the lab, participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings and other activities, as applicable.

• Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Neurobiology or related discipline (degree must be awarded by 09/30/2020 or before start date, whichever is sooner).
• Demonstrated research laboratory experience in basic laboratory skills related to antibody characterization including ELISAs, immunoblotting/western blotting, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry
• Demonstrated research laboratory experience mammalian cell culture and plasmid DNA transfections
• Skills to perform accurate mathematical calculations, to practice precise laboratory techniques, to manage laboratory supplies and equipment and to keep neat and accurate records of all experimental details.
• Knowledge of and experience with laboratory safety and EH&S hazardous biological and chemical safety requirements.
• Broad knowledge and understanding of solution chemistry, pH buffers, weights and osmolarity, as well as scientific knowledge at the general level.


• Prior experience in antibody characterization including ELISAs, immunoblotting/western blotting, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry.

• Ability to train and supervise student assistants to properly perform laboratory procedures and experiments.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Part-time (50%) to Full-Time (100%) appointment, Initial appointment is for 12 months. Short term (up to two years), reappointment is pending satisfactory performance, needs of the research project, and sufficient funding.

To apply, please go to the following link: For full considerations applications must be completed by October 13, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through December 30, 2020.

Qualified applicants should submit:
• Cover letter detailing your specific qualifications for this position
• CV – Include previous research experience
• Contact information for 3 references

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., include previous research experience.

  • Cover Letter - Your cover letter must detail your specific qualifications as they pertain to this position.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Davis, CA