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Junior Specialist - Cudmore Lab

Application Window

Open date: October 14th, 2021

Last review date: Sunday, Oct 31, 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 & Membrane Biology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire one Junior Specialist in Dr. Cudmore’s lab. This position will undertake interdisciplinary research focusing on developing software tools for the analysis and visualization of biological imaging data. This includes the development of cloud-based software tools. We are particularly interested in developing software tools for the analysis of 3D cellular resolution imaging data from cutting-edge laser microscopy experiments.

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

1. RESEARCH (90% EFFORT)
This position requires creative contributions to an active research program developing a range of software tools to visualize, analyze, and provide cloud-based computing to enable neuroscience imaging studies. A major goal of the research is to improve the overall quality and reproducibility of bio-medical imaging research through increased use of programming best practices including class libraries, unit testing, distribution via containers, and both user and advanced-programming-interface (API) documentation. The Junior Specialist will help to determine research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator.

Candidates are expected to be proficient in Python programming and have experience in or a willingness to learn JavaScript. This includes the design, implementation, and maintenance of back-end Python class libraries with an emphasis on data analysis and visualization. In addition, the Junior Specialist will be involved in the creation of cloud computing resources and graphical-user-interfaces (GUIs) using front-end JavaScript.

This position also involves interaction with external collaborators and lab members to assess and address research priorities and needs, and presentation/participation in group meetings. This position will allow 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 the ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a growing and nurturing research environment.

2. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5% EFFORT)
The candidate will be expected to attend conferences, meet with external collaborators, participate and contribute to departmental and other seminars, journal clubs, and other activities, as applicable.

3. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
The candidate will assist in mentoring undergraduates in the lab, participate and contribute to collaborator and laboratory meetings, and other general activities as applicable.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Neurobiology, Cell Biology, or related discipline (degree must be awarded by 09/30/2021 or before start date, whichever is sooner).
  • Demonstrated experience in programming with Python.
  • Demonstrated experience or willingness to learn JavaScript.
  • Skills to design and implement algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces.
  • Knowledge of or experience with best programming practices including user and code documentation, unit testing, and distribution (for example Github, continuous integration, and containers).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Prior experience in front-end web development using JavaScript.
  • Prior experience or interest in neuroscience imaging research including fluorescent laser-scanning-microscopy.
  • Ability to train and supervise student assistants to properly perform software design and development.

TO APPLY:
To apply, please go to the following link: JPF04507. For full considerations applications must be completed by October 31, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2022

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Neurobiology, Cell Biology, or related discipline (degree must be awarded by 09/30/2021 or before start date, whichever is sooner).
  • Demonstrated experience in programming with Python.
  • Demonstrated experience or willingness to learn JavaScript.
  • Skills to design and implement algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces.
  • Knowledge of or experience with best programming practices including user and code documentation, unit testing, and distribution (for example Github, continuous integration, and containers).
Preferred qualifications

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Prior experience in front-end web development using JavaScript.
  • Prior experience or interest in neuroscience imaging research including fluorescent laser-scanning-microscopy.
  • Ability to train and supervise student assistants to properly perform software design and development.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. - Including relevant work, research, and project experience

  • Cover Letter - Detail your specific qualifications for this position
    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04507

Help contact: jstillwell@ucdavis.edu

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Job location

Davis, ca