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Junior Specialist - Zhou Lab

Application Window

Open date: June 29th, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, Jul 13, 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

NATURE AND PURPOSE
This Junior Specialist position will conduct birth defect research projects funded by NIH. The research will involve skills using genetically modified mutant mouse models, embryo sampling and manipulations, and related molecular biological and histochemical approaches as detailed below. The first phase of project will start on July 1, 2021 and end on June 31, 2022.

RESEARCH (95%)
This position requires creative contributions and collaborative development of birth defects research, including orofacial clefts and neural tube defects in genetically modified mutant mouse models. The candidates will handle mouse colonies, including breeding, mating, timed-pregnancies, tissue/embryo collections, PCR genotyping; prepare tissue sections including cryosections or paraffin sections; perform PCR/RT-PCR, real-time PCR, in situ hybridization, RNAscope, immunohistochemistry, and various microscopy, including brightfield, fluorescence, and confocal imaging etc. The candidates will analyze imaging data, assist postdocs/GSRs in the lab, as well as develop ownerships of project gradually.
Presentation: The candidates will present research at weekly laboratory meetings and journal clubs to discuss the progress of the research project with the PI. This will include discussion regarding necessary revisions, review and future plans for the experiments of the projects.
Publication: The candidates will publish research results in scientific journals and other outlets with the PI and other members of the research team.
Grant Acquisition: The candidates will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and other funding organizations. The candidates will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidates will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
The candidates will engage in University service activities when needed, such as lab safety and animal care, and mentorship of undergraduate students or technical training for new lab members, and may be engaged in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. Teaching classroom courses are not an expectation of this position.

REQUIREMENTS
For the full position description and to apply, visit JPF04220.

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 http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • BS degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular/cell/developmental biology, genetics, neuroscience, or animal sciences
    • A strong background with mouse models, molecular biological techniques, and/or histochemical technologies
    • Experience working in a research or related laboratory
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently, takes initiative, make critical decisions and communicate

Preferred qualifications

    • Experienced in handing DNA/RNA/proteins, real-time PCR, cells/tissues, mice, and/or mouse embryo sampling
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to meet project objectives
    • Minimum 1 year research experience in a life science lab
    • Candidates are expected to be highly self-motivated and dependable
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication (both verbal and written) skills

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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04220

Help contact: smstahl@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

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

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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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