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Junior Specialist-Neuroanatomy (Bliss-Moreau)

Application Window

Open date: August 11, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Sep 21, 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: Tuesday, Feb 28, 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

90% Research, including but not exclusive to:
Work with PI and Laboratory Manager by actively participating in and the academic research support of on-going scientific projects within the laboratory, with a particular focus on neuroanatomy experiments.
• Assist with the preparation of neurological tissues for analysis
• Manage reagents, frozen tissue archives, and other laboratory resources
• Carry out quantification of brain tissue using specialized software
• Assist with analyses of histological data.
• Maintain the laboratory space.
• Perform literature reviews associated with ongoing laboratory projects in addition to assisting with new methods and experimental design, data analyses, and dissemination of results.

5% Professional Competence, including but not exclusive to:
• Participate in investigator and group meetings.
• Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
• Review research articles, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
5% University and Public Service:
• Train and mentor undergraduate research assistants in the lab on data collection, data management, and analyses protocols. This will provide a university service in that they will be actively facilitating the participation of undergraduate students in research activities.
Physical Demands
• Perform diversified tasks that may often require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping or standing.
• Manual and visual dexterity to perform all duties with emphasis on attention to detail and the operation and maintenance of equipment is essential.
• Perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level 2 conditions where non-human primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous infectious agents such as HIV, SIV, or Herpes B virus.
• Wear protective clothing for extended periods of time including gown, lab coats, gloves, masks, face shields, and head and shoe covers.
• Be able to lift and move at least 50 lbs.
Unit: https://blissmoreaulab.ucdavis.edu

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Biological Sciences, Psychology, Anthropology, Animal Behavior, Animal Science, or equivalent.
• Experience in a research laboratory.
• Experience carrying out histological analyses
• Experience using MS Excel (or comparable) for data entry, upload, review, and maintenance.
• Experience following research protocols, and oral/written instructions with attention to detail.
• Interpersonal and communication skills to interact professionally with a diverse group of people including but not limited to investigators, visitors, veterinarians, students and staff.
• Knowledge of laboratory safety and proper use, handling, monitoring, measurement and disposal of biohazardous substances.

Preferred qualifications

• Experience with neuroanatomical procedures and analyses
• Experience working with nonhuman primate tissue
• Experience using statistical software for managing data sets.
• Laboratory experience processing biological samples.
• Independent thinking and problem-solving skills for research and technical problems.
• Skills to make the appropriate judgment to report when an animal requires veterinary attention, and to recognize changes in animal physical appearance or behavior.
• Ability to use scientific terminology effectively.
• Organizational skills to coordinate projects, summarize data, prioritize workload and follow schedules, meet deadlines, to accommodate changes in projects as the need arises, and strict attention to detail with high level of efficiency.
• Experience working in a BSL2 facility.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05129

Help contact: kshewing@ucdavis.edu

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Job location

Davis, CA