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Junior Specialist Soulika lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 annually (Exempt) or $23.47 hourly (non-Exempt).

Application Window

Open date: November 14, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 28, 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 in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a Junior specialist position to work at the Soulika Lab. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and the lab Team, the candidates will work with animal models and perform immunohistochemical and histological, and molecular analyses. The candidates will be trained for procedures, preparing, performing, and collecting data from experiments, and drafting reports for internal laboratory review as well as for publications, meetings, and project reports.


The position of Junior Specialist has a narrow focus on a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Junior Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Junior Specialist is expected to facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, and supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Junior Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below. The Junior Specialists are also expected to participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, as well as review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications as applicable related to their research area of expertise.

Collaborate with other research personnel affiliated with research activities involving skin wound healing using tissues from burn patients and animal models of wounding.
Duties will include (and are not limited to):
1) Using EMR to screen patients that are eligible for the PI’s study
2) Consent, perspective patients,
3) Process discard and analyze discard tissue for biological analyses
4) Organize mouse colonies
5) Isolate mouse tissues and analyze them via immunohistochemistry, histology, and flow cytometry
6) Prepare samples of transcriptomic analysis
7) Organize data and database
8) Keep strong records
9) Present data in lab meetings and local, national, or international meetings
10) Work in a collaborative manner

Evaluation of performance in research activities will be documented in any of the following:

  1. Expertise in screening patients using EMR
  2. Expertise in patient consent
  3. Expertise exhibited in performing animal surgery.
  4. Development of skills in generating burn wound healing data, including photographic documentation of wounds and analysis of histologic sections of wounds.
  5. Demonstration of ability to collate biochemical and histological data sets and perform statistical analysis of results.
  6. Publications that acknowledge the Specialist's significant and meaningful contribution to the work.
  7. Publications on which the Specialist is an author.
  8. Other evidence (e.g., letters from collaborators or principal investigators) that work done by the Specialist contributed to publishable research.
  9. Active dissemination of information (beyond the boundaries of the campus) through informal instruction, presentations, or other means stemming from the Specialist's research accomplishments.
  10. Documentation of accomplishments by direct supervisor.

1) Clearly organize and present research-generated data at group lab meetings.
2) Review relevant literature and report significant findings to lab members.
3) Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
4) Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to the area of expertise.
5) Presentation of research outcomes at lab meetings and faculty symposia.

Participate in activities of the committee related to the research work.

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor's Degree in biological sciences.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Experience working with small animal rodents
• Experience with histological and Immunohistochemical processes
• Current or previous experimentation
• Experience with data collection and data processing image analysis and statistical analysis of data
• Proficiency in small animal dissection and processing
• Computer Skills using word processing, graphics, and statistical software.

Preferred qualifications

• Bachelors of Science Preferred (Biology, Animal Science, Neurobiology, biological science, or biology-related major)
• Minimum of 1-year work experience in a biology lab

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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