Skip to main content

Junior Specialist (Engebrecht Lab 2021)

Application Window

Open date: June 1st, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Aug 5, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Oct 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 Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for one Junior Specialist in genetics, molecular and cellular biology.

Research (90%): This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on germ line biology in the nematode C. elegans. The successful candidate will create DNA constructs, introduce DNA constructs in to C. elegans to create new worm strains and analyze germ lines from those strains using fixed and live imagining techniques. The candidate will also carry out in vitro biochemistry assays related to the project. In addition, the candidate is expected to review the scientific literature, and in conjunction with the Principle investigator formulate new hypotheses, design new experiments to test those hypotheses and conduct the newly designed experiments. The candidate is also expected to engage in, and present their work at, lab and group research meetings, as well as help prepare figures and assist in writing manuscripts for publication, and for reports for grant proposals as needed.
Service (10%): The successful candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab as well as be expected to help with the overall running of the lab, including ordering and ensuring that safety regulations are met.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $44,500 [100% annual] or Step II - $47,400 [100% annual]), commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration applications should be received by June 18th, 2021. Position will remain open until filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, maximum two-year appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, and curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for two references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For more information about the department, please visit the website:

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to JoAnne Engebrecht;

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Bachelor degree in genetics, cell and molecular biology, or a related field, with a minimum of a year lab experience. Experience must include molecular biology skills such as PCR, DNA extraction, site-directed mutagenesis, protein purification and protein electrophoresis. Must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and be able to document graphic and tabular data for publication, proposals, and/or presentations. Experience with software programs including Excel and sequence programs is a plus. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and the ability to work independently, but also be able to work as part of a team.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Statement of Research

  • 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 required (contact information only)
Apply link:

Help contact:

Job location

Davis, CA