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Junior Specialist -Santana 2021

Application Window

Open date: August 20th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Oct 11, 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 two Junior Specialists in Dr. Santana’s lab. This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions on the mechanisms controlling cardiac and smooth contractility.

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

1. RESEARCH (90% EFFORT)
• The individual hired for this position will actively contribute to ongoing research on how arterial smooth muscle cells and cardiac pace-making cells regulate intracellular calcium and their excitability under physiological and pathological conditions. The Junior Specialist will work closely with the PI and members of the lab to design and execute experiments as well as analyze experimental data. The Junior Specialist will also be expected to generate reports of the work performed and coordinate collaborative research with members of the lab as needed.
• The research in our lab uses multidisciplinary methodologies in electrophysiology, molecular biology, and fluorescence microscopy. The Junior Specialist will play an active role on multiple ongoing projects, contributing to scientific data collection, analyses, and manuscript preparation.
• This position involves multiple interactions with the PI and team members to manage general research operation or our lab. The person hired for this position should be a well-organized, detailed-oriented individual. The position requires making efficient use of time and the ability to work as part of a team.

2. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5% EFFORT)
• The candidate will have the opportunity to join the Biophysical Society and attend symposia and conferences to present our data. The Junior Specialist will also attend pertinent departmental and other seminars, journal clubs and other activities.

3. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
• Candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduate students 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, or related biology or chemistry discipline. The degree must have been awarded before starting date.
• Research experience in a biomedical laboratory with basic laboratory skills in cellular biology, including tissue/organ dissection, cell culture, plasmid DNA transfection, cDNA amplification, mutagenesis, PCR, etc.
• Knowledge of solution chemistry, pH buffering, and routine safe laboratory practices.
• Skills to manage laboratory supplies and to keep neat and accurate records of all experimental details.
• Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience with maintaining primary cell cultures,
• Experience with small animal surgery.
• Experience with protein quantification techniques.
• Experience with immuno-fluorescence microscopy.

TO APPLY:
To apply, please go to the following link: (https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04369) for full considerations applications must be completed by September 2, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2022.

Qualified applicants should submit:
• Cover letter stating the reason for applying to this position and a summary of your specific qualifications for this position
• CV that includes research experience.
• Contact information for 2-3 references

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or related biology or chemistry discipline. The degree must have been awarded before starting date.
    • Research experience in a biomedical laboratory with basic laboratory skills in cellular biology, including tissue/organ dissection, cell culture, plasmid DNA transfection, cDNA amplification, mutagenesis, PCR, etc.
    • Knowledge of solution chemistry, pH buffering, and routine safe laboratory practices.
    • Skills to manage laboratory supplies and to keep neat and accurate records of all experimental details.
    • Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Preferred qualifications

    • Experience with maintaining primary cell cultures,
    • Experience with small animal surgery.
    • Experience with protein quantification techniques.
    • Experience with immuno-fluorescence microscopy.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. that includes research experience

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter stating the reason for applying to this position and a summary of your specific qualifications for this position

Reference requirements
  • 2-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04369

Help contact: jstillwell@ucdavis.edu

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Job location

Davis, ca