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Junior Specialist- Maverakis Lab

Application Window

Open date: September 26, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Oct 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 Dermatology at the University of California, Davis is seeking a Junior Specialist. As Junior Specialist, the candidate will assume responsibilities in assisting and conducting translational research under the direction of Dr. Emanual Maverakis.

The laboratory of Dr. Emanual Maverakis’ research team conducts cutting-edge clinical trials and is responsible for coordinating the basic science ancillary studies for many of the ongoing trials of the UC Davis Cancer Center. Dr. Maverakis is the director of the UC Davis Immune Monitoring Core, a state of the are facility equipped with an Illumina next-generation DNA sequencer, Bio-Rad Bio-Plex array ready, among other instruments. In addition, Dr. Maverakis’ research group is funded by numerous groups for the purpose of conducting basic science.

I. Research in Specialized Areas (85% EFFORT)

The incumbent in this position will contribute to translational and basic science research projects by:

  • Providing and coordinating clinical studies that may involve industry-sponsored Phase I, II, III, and IV clinical trials and investigator-initiated (government-funded) translational studies.
  • Prepare documents for submission to the IRB.
  • Communicate with sponsors.
  • Recruit and screen study participants.
  • Coordinate participant clinical visits, and follow-up care, and ensure compliance with study protocols.
  • Assist in all activities related to clinical trials and translational research.
  • Run assays as part of the Immune Monitoring Core and Maverakis Lab Research, including but not limited to multi-plex analyte detection, cell culture, next-generation sequencing, and quantitative real-time PCR.
  • Manage datasets, records, and research documentation.
  • Educate and mentor volunteers and students in the laboratory as required. Such as allowing them to shadow you while performing experiments.
  • Establish and maintain animal cell culture lines using sterile techniques.
  • Prepare sterile media/reagents and maintain sterile facilities.
  • Update/modify standard laboratory procedures to fulfill the needs of each research project.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (10% EFFORT)

  • Participate in appropriate professional/technical groups and other educational and research organizations. For example, attend and present at the UC Davis Epithelial Biology Club, attend the UC Davis Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds, and attend one national conference, either the Society of Investigative Dermatology annual meeting, the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, or the American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting.
  • Participate in the publication of research activities such as reviewing journal articles and presentations.
  • Develop and submit publications, including abstracts and manuscripts. Attend and present at local and national research meetings.

III. University and Public Service (5% EFFORT)

Participate in activities of Lab Safety Committee (Departmental)

Qualified applicants should upload a cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position, a PDF of their curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references online at Please direct questions to Kate Zemlo Rivas at UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do. 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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, or related field.
  • At least one year of laboratory experience.
  • Able to compile, understand and interpret data.
  • Able to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment.
Preferred qualifications
  • Knowledge of IRB and clinical trials is preferred.

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

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