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Junior Specialist- Yiu

Application Window

Open date: January 12th, 2022

Most recent review date: Saturday, Apr 30, 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

Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
UC Davis School of Medicine
The laboratory of Glenn Yiu, M.D., Ph.D. in the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Junior Specialist (BA- or BS-level research assistant) to work closely with the principal investigator on research projects involving ocular imaging, retinal cell biology, genome engineering, and gene therapy. Dr. Yiu is a clinician-scientist who combines work as a retinal surgeon with translational and clinical research in retinal diseases, with a focus on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), gene editing, and gene therapy across mouse, nonhuman primates, and human studies. As such, the successful candidate will be exposed to cutting-edge technologies and research in vision science and eye diseases. More information about the principal investigator and reading center can be found at:
The incumbent will participate in the following duties:
Research (85%):
The Junior Specialist will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
• Acquisition and processing of in vivo ocular imaging data from optical coherence tomography (OCT) and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) images including adaptive optics from mouse, macaque, or human subjects
• Dissection, processing, and histology of mouse or macaque tissues
• Bioinformatics and analysis of single-cell or bulk RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq or RNA-seq) data
• Management, grading, and organization of image data from human clinical studies
• Shared lab duties, such as ordering and maintaining lab supplies, maintaining equipment, and maintaining compliance
Professional Competence (10%):
• 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.
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.
Depending on the interest and availability of funds, the Junior Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The incumbent will also assist the principal investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies as well as lab meetings with other investigators. The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate students from UC Davis. He/She will actively contribute to lab activities through staff meetings and presentations to colleagues and researchers from various scientific communities.
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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in biological, bioengineering, or computational sciences, preferably with experience in bioinformatics/genomics, image processing, or computer science. The job also requires a highly motivated, organized, and focused individual who is eager to learn and to take initiative. This is a full-time appointment, with occasional evening or weekend hours expected for management of studies.

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 for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA