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Junior Specialist - Jin Lab

Application Window

Open date: December 1st, 2021

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 25, 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

JPF04587 Junior Specialist - Jin Lab

Position Summary:
The full-time junior specialist will be mainly involved in execution, coordination, management and maintenance of biorepositories, performing tissue/biomarker-related technologies, providing tissues/data to researchers, maintaining database, as well as miscellaneous supporting work for various laboratory operations, under moderate supervision. The tissue specimens include and are not limited to postmortem human brain tissue, blood samples, cerebrospinal fluid samples, urine samples, and DNA/RNA samples. Specifically, the duties include: 1) to interact with investigators at multiple sites nationwide to ensure compliance to SOPs, 2) to provide standard sample collection kits, 3) to catalog and store tissue specimens, to dispose unneeded specimens, and to maintain an updated specimen database, 4) to coordinate between various personnel in order to optimize biosample collection and biomarker quantification, 5) to communicate with various investigators regarding the status of tissue specimens and database, 6) to retrieve tissue for requesting scientists, 7) to perform tissue-related technologies, 8) to learn and perform some basic research techniques, and 9) to provide miscellaneous support to research activities in the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Research Center.

General responsibilities:
• Help design protocol, coordinate, and manage research programs.
• Manage datasets, records, and research documentation.
• Mentor student employees in the laboratory as required.
• Conduct, oversee, and provide feedback on the following laboratory techniques: 1) research blood sample processing; 2) nucleic acid extraction; 3) database input and management; 4) quality control; and 5) tissue-related technologies.
• Correctly use and maintain laboratory equipment such as micro-plate reader, balances, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettes, cryostat, and laminar flow hoods
• Update, modify, and revise plans for standard laboratory procedures to fulfill the needs of each research project.
• Other related jobs assigned by supervisor to support laboratory experiments.
• The incumbent will serve as a key member of a team in projects to investigate biomarkers used in diagnosis, epidemiological surveys, and clinical trials.
• The incumbent will have opportunities to develop interpersonal and communication skills in bioscience research.
• The incumbent will be given opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the departmental meeting and other on-campus events.
• The incumbent will be given the opportunities to organize basic and translational research activities such as involvement in the preparation of scientific abstract, manuscript, and grant proposal. In this capacity, the incumbent is encouraged to read appropriate literature and discuss during laboratory meetings.
• The incumbent will be encouraged to have membership with appropriate societies and participate in appropriate meetings and groups on-campus.
• Mentorship of volunteer and undergraduate students

Step I - $46,800 Annually, 100% FTE

Number of Positions Available: 2

Term of Appointment:
One year with possibility to extend to two years. Non-Exempt appointment based on the needs of the research project. 100% Appointment.

Please submit:
Cover Letter, CV (Required) or Resume, and Contact Information for 3-5 references (Required) to

This posting will remain open until filled through 06/30/2022.


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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor degree in biological sciences or a related field
• Previous demonstrated experience in coordinating complex, multi-level, multi-personal research activities

Preferred qualifications

• Proficient computer skills including spreadsheet and database software
• Ability to work with human tissue
• Ability to meticulously follow standard operation procedures
• Flexible to changing demands of research tasks
• Professional approach to work and attention to detail
• Ability to review literature and follow the exact protocols of others’
• Enthusiastic in learning new lab skills

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (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 for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (

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:

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:

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Job location

Sacramento, CA