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Junior Specialist - Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI)

Application Window

Open date: March 11th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, May 5, 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: Friday, Mar 11, 2022 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 Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for Junior Specialist positions.

Candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in chemical/biomedical engineering, engineering, chemistry, or related field, or equivalent research experience.

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.



Work under the direction of the CMGI Radiochemistry personnel on research projects. Work will involve confirming identity, assay purity and specific activity of radiopharmaceuticals, using analytical methods such as HPLC and ITLC methods, preparing buffers and reagents for radiochemical synthesis based on established methods by the lab or in the published literature, developing methods for calibrating radiation monitoring devices, performing chemical and radioactive materials inventories and maintaining safety documentation, and maintaining a clean, orderly and safe laboratory; label and dispose of biohazardous, chemical, and radioactive waste according to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) requirements. Under the direction of the PI, the candidate is expected to collect, organize, and present data, engage in lab meetings and discussions on research, and assist in the interpretation and publication of those data. The candidate’s significant and meaningful contributions described above will lead to authorship or acknowledgement on published work.


• Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
• Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
• With support from the PI and other researchers in the lab, write journal articles based on the research conducted and analyzed.


• 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.
• Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

The Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI) is a UC Davis-designated core facility that provides resources for in vivo small animal and biospecimen imaging. It is located in Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility on the Davis campus. The CMGI offers resources for a broad range of imaging modalities, including microPET, microSPECT, microCT (specimen and in vivo), microMR, and optical imaging. The facility also houses a biomedical cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities, and is immediately adjacent to a rodent vivarium facility. The CMGI is staffed with experts in animal handling, physiology, radiochemistry, imaging and image analysis. The center has a track record of engaging with projects involving investigators from all six colleges and schools at UC Davis (over 100 campus labs), and has an established training program for students and trainees wanting to learn in vivo imaging. The center also partners with the California National Primate Research Center, the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program Mouse and other major centers across campus.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Application Requirements

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)