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Junior Specialist- Moshiri

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 at Step 1 and $52,200 at Step 2.

Application Window

Open date: March 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Apr 10, 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: Tuesday, Jan 9, 2024 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

Junior Specialist Position
Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
UC Davis School of Medicine

The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the UC Davis School of Medicine seeks a full-time Junior Specialist.

The purpose of this position is to provide support, coordination, and leadership for the research studies of Dr. Ala Moshiri MD Ph.D., preferably for a 2-year commitment. The Moshiri lab wishes to fill this position as soon as possible.
The incumbent will be expected to perform experiments with transgenic mice, molecular biology, and cell culture, and analyze and prepare data for both oral presentations and publications in scientific journals.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, or a related field with a minimum of one year of experience in undergraduate laboratory research. Preferred qualifications include experience with lab animal (rodent) handling.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently. There is a significant bioinformatic component to the research projects using genetic data sets from mice and humans. A background in data analysis, statistics, and genomics is preferred. A background in vision science is beneficial, but not required.

The incumbent will participate in the following duties:

Research (90%):
Under the general direction of the PI:

  • Bioinformatic analysis of publicly available genomic data sets of human and mouse tissues.
  • Genotyping and maintaining multiple mouse colonies using basic DNA isolation and PCR.
  • Dissection of mouse ocular tissues, embedding, sectioning, staining slides with antibodies (immunohistochemistry), fluorescent microscopy.
  • Stem cell propagation and retinal organoid differentiation in tissue culture systems.
  • DNA/RNA preps, qPCR, and other assays depending on the project.
  • Help with lab maintenance, including staying compliant with safety standards and inspections, ordering lab supplies, as well as completing paperwork.
  • Prepares manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator.

Professional Competence (5%):

  • The candidate will be expected to attend symposia and conferences, and participate in and contribute to departmental and other seminars, journal clubs, and other activities, as applicable. The incumbent will present research at regional and appropriate national meetings such as ARVO and AAO. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral format.

University and Public Service (5%):

  • Candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab, and participate in and contribute to laboratory and group meetings and other activities, as applicable.
  • As a full-time research group member, this position includes being responsible for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training, and mentoring.

Please direct questions to Ashley Bellmer @


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, or a related field.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in undergraduate laboratory research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Ability to mentor undergraduates in the lab.
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Knowledge or experience in data analysis, statistics, and genomics.
  • Experience with lab animal (rodent) handling.
  • Background in vision science.

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

Sacramento, CA