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Junior Specialist - Maselli Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 annually (Exempt) or $23.47 hourly (non-Exempt) at Step 1 or $52,200 annually (Exempt) or $25.00 hourly (non-Exempt) at Step 2.

Application Window

Open date: December 14, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023 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 Neurology at The University of California Davis, School of Medicine invites applicants to apply for a part time Junior Specialist position in our laboratory. Candidate applications will be evaluated and properly classified based on their basic qualifications

Major Responsibilities and Designated areas of expertise

The Junior Specialist has the general duties of working closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Junior Specialist will be involved in laboratory studies of animal models of myasthenia gravis and the development of new treatments under the supervision of the PI. The junior specialist may assist in data collection, entry, and quality control, study design and implementation, literature reviews and data analysis for preparation of manuscripts or conference presentations.

The incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. Maselli and the ability to work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment.

I. Research (80% Effort)
A. The incumbent will collaborate with other research personnel affiliated with research activities involving animal work (injections, treatment, behavioral studies), molecular studies (DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, Gel electrophoresis), and general upkeep of the laboratory. The junior specialist will perform technical/routine lab activities required to accomplish the research project involving molecular treatments for congenital myasthenia gravis. Specific duties include:

  1. Effectively plan and execute research project goals for each week
  2. Assist in all experiments in collaborative manner
  3. Actively contribute to publishable research by collecting and interpreting data
  4. Actively participate in weekly lab meetings

II. Professional Competence (5% Effort)
The successful candidate will engage in research and professional competence activities with the project investigators such as research reports and talk/research presentations. The candidate will participate in all lab meetings, discussing ongoing and future projects with research staff.

III. University and Public Service (5% Effort)
The Junior Specialist may be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants that rotate through the lab. They will be expected to participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings, committee service, and other activities as applicable.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor’s Degree (of equivalent degree) with a major in Biology or a related field
• Experience working with laboratory animals is preferred
• Research experience in Biochemistry of Molecular biology
• Experience with DNA extraction, PCR, and running gels is desired but not required
• Demonstrate ability to work independently, take initiative, make critical decisions
• Demonstrate strong organizational and time management skills
• Good written and oral communication skills

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

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

Sacramento, CA