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Junior Specialist- Moshiri

Application Window

Open date: April 15th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Apr 29, 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, Dec 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

Junior Specialist Position
Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
UC Davis School of Medicine

The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Junior Specialist. The purpose of this position is to provide support, coordination and leadership for research studies of Dr. Ala Moshiri. The position requires an individual with a background in molecular and cell biology and experience with studying mechanisms of retinal photoreceptor function in both in vitro and animal models. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently. The incumbent will also be expected to analyze and prepare data for both oral presentations and publications in scientific journals.

The incumbent will participate in the following duties:
Research (85%):
The Junior Specialist will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:

  • Genotyping and maintaining multiple mouse colonies, DNA isolation, PCR, tissue extraction as well as staining slides with antibodies (immunohistochemistry).
  • Tissue culture, DNA/RNA preps, qPCR, and other assays depending on the project.
  • Help with lab maintenance, including staying compliant with safety standards and inspections, ordering lab supplies, as well as completing paperwork.
  • Prepares manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator, manuscript preparation includes reviewing relevant literature, describing methods and results used to acquire the data, presenting and analyzing data retrieved, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how the fit in the current understanding of the field.

Professional Competence (10%):

  • The candidate will be expected to attend symposia and conferences, participate and contribute to departmental and other seminars, journal clubs and other activities, as applicable. The incumbent will present research at regional and appropriate national meetings such as ARVO and AAO. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral format.

University and Public Service (5%):

  • Candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab, participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings and other activities, as applicable.
  • As a full time research group member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and mentoring.

The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate students from UC Davis. He/She will actively contribute to lab activities through staff meetings and presentations to colleagues and researchers from various scientific communities.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or a related field with a minimum of one year experience in undergraduate laboratory research, a demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, make critical decisions and communicate ideas. In addition, the ability to work occasional weekend hours for management of experiments. Preferred qualifications include computer science or programming skills and experience with lab animal handling.

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2021. Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit: Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for up to 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please direct questions to Gina McDuff @

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: 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 UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus ( If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Davis, CA