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Junior Specialist- Moshiri (2)

Application Window

Open date: January 17th, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 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

Junior Specialist Position
Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
UC Davis School of Medicine
The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Junior Specialist.
The purpose of this position is to provide support, coordination, and leadership for research studies of Dr. Ala Moshiri MD PhD, preferably for a 2-year commitment. The Moshiri lab wishes to fill this position as soon as possible.
The incumbent will be expected to perform experiments with transgenic mice, molecular biology, cell culture, and analyze and prepare data for both oral presentations and publications in scientific journals.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelors degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or a related field with a minimum of one year experience in undergraduate laboratory research. Preferred qualifications include experience with lab animal (rodent) handling.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently. There is a significant bioinformatic component to the research projects using genetic data sets from mice and humans. A background in data analysis, statistics, and genomics is preferred. A background in vision science is beneficial, but not required.
The incumbent will participate in the following duties:

  1. Research (90%): • Bioinformatic analysis of publicly available genomic data sets of human and mouse tissues • Genotyping and maintaining multiple mouse colonies using basic DNA isolation and PCR. • Dissection of mouse ocular tissues, embedding, sectioning, staining slides with antibodies (immunohistochemistry), fluorescent microscopy. • Stem cell propagation and retinal organoid differentiation in tissue culture systems • DNA/RNA preps, qPCR, and other assays depending on the project. • Help with lab maintenance, including staying compliant with safety standards and inspections, ordering lab supplies, as well as completing paperwork. • Prepares manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator.
  2. Professional Competence (5%): • The candidate will be expected to attend symposia and conferences, participate and contribute to departmental and other seminars, journal clubs and other activities, as applicable. The incumbent will present research at regional and appropriate national meetings such as ARVO and AAO. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral format.
  3. University and Public Service (5%): • Candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab, participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings and other activities, as applicable. • As a full-time research group member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and mentoring.

Please direct questions to Gina McDuff @ gamcduff@ucdavis.edu.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

The successful candidate will have a Bachelors degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or a related field with a minimum of one year experience in undergraduate laboratory research.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently. There is a significant bioinformatic component to the research projects using genetic data sets from mice and humans. A background in data analysis, statistics, and genomics is preferred. A background in vision science is beneficial, but not required.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred qualifications include experience with lab animal (rodent) handling.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04569

Help contact: gamcduff@ucdavis.edu

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Job location

Davis, CA