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Jr Specialist - Respiratory Diseases: Ji Lab

Application Window

Open date: May 21st, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Jun 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: Sunday, Dec 19, 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 California National Primate Research Center at the University of California, Davis, has an opening for non-tenured, academic term appointments as a Junior Specialist for Dr. Hong Ji’s lab in our Respiratory Diseases Unit ( The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of research on topics such as epigenetics, respiratory diseases, childhood asthma and environmental exposures by working closely with the research team under the direction of the PI. Research models used in the lab include mammalian cell culture, animal models and human specimen. Related responsibilities include design and perform experiments, record data, assistant in lab management, data management/analysis/presentation and grant/report writing, and participate in training activities.

A. Assist with research activities involving molecular and cell biology, animal research and epigenomic research by working closely with the senior research team, under the direction of the PI and laboratory manager. Evaluation of performance in research activities or in outreach activities as deemed applicable to the individual project in specialized areas:
1) Follow established protocols and perform molecular and cellular techniques such as nucleic acid extraction, PCR, pyrosequencing, qPCR, plasmid cloning, ELISA, western blotting, ChIP-seq, flow cytometry, etc.
2) Maintain cell culture and perform experiments following protocols.
3) Maintain mice colonies and assist in the establishment of animal models.
4) Characterize mouse models, including measuring airway hyperresponsiveness, collecting
Bronchoalveolar Lavage cells, collecting tissues (lungs, spleens, etc.).
5) Acquire biological specimens at necropsy of rhesus monkeys (bronchial epithelial cells, etc.).
6) Perform sample processing and assist with characterization of histology.
7) Assist with management of undergraduate research assistants.
8) Facilitate graduate students’ and postdoc’s research projects.
9) Contribute to the drafting/editing of manuscripts, grant proposals, and research reports.

B. Perform data collection and data management including, but not exclusive to the following:
1) Collect molecular and cellular data from cell culture and animal models
2) Assist with epigenomic data collection from cell culture and animal models.
3) Perform statistical analysis on quantitative data.
4) Manage collected data, insuring robust backup systems are in place.
5) Prepare solutions, medias, and buffers as needed.
6) Use laboratory equipment including pyrosequencer, thermocycler, microscopes, centrifuges, Flexivent, etc.
7) Clean equipment and lab spaces.
8) Maintain laboratory and animal records.
9) Assistance with maintenance of equipment and supplies.
10) Participate in group meetings.

A. The candidate will be expected to actively contribute to all lab meetings, and will present to that same forum on the research progress made.
B. The candidate will attend seminars and may present research results and is encouraged to interact with professional interest groups.

A. Participate in mentoring undergraduate students.
B. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)


    1) Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics, or related biological sciences field.

    2) A minimum of 2 year of experience working in a research lab.

    3) Knowledge and skills in the field of molecular biology and genome research.

    4) Knowledge of Scientific Terminology and ability to synthesize publically available medical literature.
    5) Analytical ability sufficient to compare data; mathematical ability sufficient to perform algebraic calculations and statistical analysis.
    6) Capable of understanding and following verbal and written instructions.
    7) Demonstrate high clerical accuracy, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and an independent work initiative.

    8) Able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures.

    9) Able to identify mistakes and discuss resolution plan.

    10) Attention to the veracity of results.
    11) Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
    12) Capable of meeting time demands necessary to execute experiments.

Preferred qualifications

    1) Experience with animal models and mammalian tissue culture.
    2) Some bioinformatic skills, experience with computing equipment including Macintosh and PC operating systems, Word, Excel, and statistical analysis programs, among others.
    3) Demonstrated ability to work independently, taking initiative, making critical decision and communication of ideas.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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)
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Davis, CA