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Junior Specialist for La Merrill Research Group (Dept of ETOX, UC Davis)

Application Window

Open date: April 21st, 2021

Last review date: Friday, May 21, 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 Michele La Merrill Research Group is seeking a highly motivated individual to contribute to the ongoing projects to investigate synthetic chemicals that may increase risk of breast cancer metastasis.
Under general supervision, the new hire will perform cell culture and characterize cellular function using microscopy, molecular immunology and genetics, and work with the Lab Principal Investigator Dr. Michele La Merrill and members of the research group to coordinate project goals and tasks. The primary work locations will be Meyer Hall in Davis with regular work also occurring at Research I in Sacramento.

The duties of this position are designated to the following criteria:

Research (90%)
• Assist the PI in study design, collection and interpretation of data.
• Utilize cell and molecular biology techniques such as cell culture and PCR.
• Perform basic histological procedures including immunostaining for proteins related to cancer and various histopathology-based image analysis.
• Perform research-related data-entry and statistical analysis.
• Assist in the development of new techniques and technologies as guided by members of the research group.
• Communicate with PI regarding project progress via meetings.
• Contribute to the writing and review of scholarly manuscripts, and assist in drafting research protocols, proposals, and manuscripts.
• Participate in teaching research protocols and the experimental method to undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory.
• Help or aid other lab members in the performance of their work.
• Responsible for keeping track of and ordering laboratory supplies, and for maintaining a clean and orderly working environment in the laboratory.

Professional Competence (5%)
• The Junior Specialist will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine departmental meeting and other on-campus events.
• The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to read appropriate literature and discuss during laboratory meetings.
• The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to independently process data, including quantitative image analysis, and present findings to both the lab in weekly meetings as well as to practicing pathologists.
• The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to have membership with appropriate societies and participate in appropriate meetings and groups on-campus.
• The Junior Specialist will serve as a key coordinator in large scale collaboration among the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Environmental Toxicology at UC Davis, UC Berkeley and the California Environmental Protection Agency.

University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will provide mentorship of undergraduate students including summer interns, as well as rotating graduate students and new members of the group.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• A Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or a related field by the time of the appointment.
[Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)
• Previous demonstrated competence in lab techniques related to molecular immunology
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

APPLICATION DETAILS:
SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $44,500 plus benefits

TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: [https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04136]. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed.

Appointments will vary in length up to a 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon funding and performance.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Jessica Gonzalez (or Anna Lee) via email to [metroap@ucdavis.edu]

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: [http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct]

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Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • A Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or a related field by the time of the appointment.
    [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • Previous demonstrated competence in lab techniques related to molecular immunology
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04136

Help contact: jcagonzalez@ucdavis.edu

Job location

Davis, CA