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Assistant/Associate Specialist-Yu's Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $56,600 - 78,500.

Application Window

Open date: July 22, 2022

Most recent review date: Saturday, Dec 31, 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: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, invites applications from qualified candidates for an Assistant/Associate Specialist position located at the Oak Park Research Building in Sacramento. Responsibilities will be supporting Professor Yu's lab by assisting with several research projects, including the studies on bioanalysis, DM/PK/PD, anticancer pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, and/or RNA bioengineering technology and therapies. The candidate will also be contacting and keeping open communication with the other Departments, Centers, and Institutions with whom Professor Yu is an active collaborator.

Responsibilities of the assistant/associate specialist will include the bioanalysis with HPLC and LC-MS/MS instruments for DM/PK/PD studies, production of recombinant ncRNAs, and/or evaluation of ncRNA functions and therapeutic potential in vitro and in vivo. Specifically, the appointee will be involved in the development and application of LC-MS/MS methods for accurate quantification of endo-/xeno-biotic drugs and metabolites as well as PK/PD studies, and/or the expression, and/or determination of anticancer activities of new agents or combinations, and/or purification, and functional analyses of target ncRNAs. In many cases, appointee will be required to provide technical supports for other investigators or students within Professor Yu lab regarding the technical aspects of the research including method development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results, and planning and designing follow-up experiments. Appointee will be responsible for the organization, preparation, and maintenance of records for technical reports and presentations. She/he will also be responsible for keeping database of freezer (-80C and liquid nitrogen) stocks. Responsible for operating necessary laboratory equipment, maintaining adequate stocks of laboratory supplies. The lab strives to maintain a collaborative and respectful atmosphere, in an active sharing of research tools and information which is essential to this atmosphere.

Appointee will participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations. Appointee will also participate in the preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals as well as presentations at society, university and scientific meetings.

This individual will engage in public outreach activities that include maintaining liaison and response to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
At the Associate level, participation in committee service within the department, college, campus and other University entities is expected, as appropriate.

This recruitment is conducted at the assistant/associate rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant/associate rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• BS/MS/PhD degree in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, molecular or cellular biology or related disciplines.
• A strong background in bioanalysis/DM/PK/PD, and/or a strong background with cell culture, mouse models, and/or molecular biological techniques.
• Experience working in a research laboratory.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiatives, make critical decisions, communicate, and work cooperatively with colleagues.

Preferred qualifications

• Experienced in operating LC-MS/MS, HPLC, or PFLC instruments, and/or handing DNA/RNA/proteins, cells/tissues, mice.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to meet project objectives.
• Minimum 3-year research experience in bioanalysis/DM/PK, biology, or pharmacology/pharmaceutical sciences-related lab.
• Candidates are expected to be highly self-motivated and dependable.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication (both verbal and written) skills.

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
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Sacramento, CA