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Junior Specialist - Trimmer Lab

Application Window

Open date: August 11th, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Oct 22, 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: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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 Physiology and Membrane Biology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire up to three Junior Specialist employees in Dr. Trimmer’s lab. This position will undertake research employing molecular biology level techniques in projects focused on neuroscience questions.

Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:

1. RESEARCH (90% EFFORT)
The individual in this full-time position must perform research employing their expertise in standard molecular biology.

Specific tasks will require proficiency in standard molecular biology techniques (e.g., PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, Gibson assembly, ligations, preparing competent cells, transformations, colony PCR, plasmid DNA purification, preparing samples for DNA sequencing, sequence analysis and preparing archival glycerol stocks as related to generation and characterization of recombinant DNA products). Related tasks will involve expression, purification and analysis of recombinant proteins expressed in E. coli and in mammalian cell lines.

This position also involves interaction with lab members to assess and address research priorities and needs across the group, and presentation/participation in group meetings. This position requires careful attention to detail, including accurate and comprehensive documentation of results in databases that are critical for subsequent experiments. This position requires significant involvement in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. The ideal candidate will have strong logistical skills, be able to prioritize projects, make efficient use of time and have the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced research lab.

2. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5% EFFORT)
The appointee will be expected to join the Society for Neuroscience or the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, attend conferences, participate and contribute to departmental and other seminars, journal clubs and other activities, as applicable.

3. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
The appointee will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab, participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings and other activities, as applicable.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Neurobiology, or related discipline (degree must be awarded by 09/30/2021 or before start date, whichever is sooner).
• Demonstrated research laboratory experience in basic laboratory skills related to modern recombinant DNA, cell biological and/or protein techniques.
• Ability to follow standard operating procedures as well as to recognize problems to discuss and troubleshoot with other laboratory personnel when necessary.
• Excellent time management, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
• Skills to perform accurate mathematical calculations, practice precise laboratory techniques, manage laboratory supplies and equipment, and to keep neat and accurate records of all experimental details.
• Knowledge of and experience with laboratory safety and EH&S hazardous biological and chemical safety requirements.
• Broad knowledge and understanding of solution chemistry, pH buffers, weights and osmolarity, as well as scientific knowledge at the general level.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Prior lab experience using techniques described above.
• Ability to mentor student assistants to properly perform laboratory procedures and experiments.


TO APPLY:
To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04343 For full considerations applications must be completed by August 24, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2022.

Qualified applicants should submit:
• Cover letter detailing their qualification for this position (generic cover letters that do not summarize the applicant’s specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable)
• CV including details of previous research experience
• Contact information for 3 references

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

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

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

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Neurobiology, or related discipline (degree must be awarded by 09/30/2021 or before start date, whichever is sooner).
    • Demonstrated research laboratory experience in basic laboratory skills related to modern recombinant DNA, cell biological and/or protein techniques.
    • Ability to follow standard operating procedures as well as to recognize problems to discuss and troubleshoot with other laboratory personnel when necessary.
    • Excellent time management, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
    • Skills to perform accurate mathematical calculations, practice precise laboratory techniques, manage laboratory supplies and equipment, and to keep neat and accurate records of all experimental details.
    • Knowledge of and experience with laboratory safety and EH&S hazardous biological and chemical safety requirements.
    • Broad knowledge and understanding of solution chemistry, pH buffers, weights and osmolarity, as well as scientific knowledge at the general level.

Preferred qualifications

    • Prior lab experience using techniques described above.
    • Ability to mentor student assistants to properly perform laboratory procedures and experiments.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - CV including details of previous research experience

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter detailing their qualification for this position (generic cover letters that do not summarize the applicant’s specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04343

Help contact: jstillwell@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.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, ca