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Assistant Specialist Green and Zarbalis Labs

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $56,600 to $63,000

Application Window

Open date: January 30, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 6, 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

Specialist- Pathology and Lab Medicine
JPF05494 Green and Zarbalis Labs


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Assistant Specialist. The purpose of this position is to provide support, coordination, and leadership for research studies being conducted by Drs. Green and Zarbalis.

This position of Specialist has a somewhat narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise in the planning and execution of a research project investigating the effect of folic acid on brain development. This position requires experience in basic research and previous experience working in projects with mice and human samples. The Specialist must be able to work independently as well as a team member.

The Specialist will stay apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintain technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and supply input to the planning of research and educational programs. While this position does not have the requirement to have Principal Investigator (PI) status, this may be sought through permission by exception and/or collaboration with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist will be evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.


A. The Specialist will use research experience to lead research projects under the direction of Drs. Green and Dr. Zarbalis. Specific duties for this position include handling of live mice and mouse tissues for research purposes; assessment of operational and material requirements for the conduction of current and proposed research studies; collection, management, and analysis of research data.

B. The Specialist needs to utilize technical skills that are suited to the needs of the project. This will require demonstrated proficiency with laboratory bench work (including but not limited to tissue collection, histological methods, microscopy and image analysis, sample collection for molecular and metabolic analyses via HPLC. The Specialist is expected to adhere to protocol, apply keen observation, and maintenance of extensive documentation.

C. The Specialist will be expected to mentor junior lab members including volunteers and UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students and collaborating with visiting national and international scholars.

D. Evaluation of performance in research activities or in outreach activities as deemed applicable to the individual project in specialized areas, as documented by any of the following: 1) Publications that acknowledge the Specialist's significant and meaningful contribution to the work. 2) Publications on which the Specialist is an author. 3) Other evidence (e.g., letters from collaborators or principal investigators) of the work done by the Specialist and contribution to publishable research. 4) Active dissemination of information (beyond the boundaries of the campus) through informal instruction, presentations, or other means stemming from the Specialist's research accomplishments. 5) Other evidence of recognized expertise may include formal documentation of intellectual effort and participation in publishable research activities, first authorship on publications/patents as and when appropriate, presentation of research at regional/national meetings, invitations to review grant proposals and/or journal articles, invitations to participate in research projects, and/or service on advisory panels.


A. Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations. B. Review of research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.


A. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate. B. Participate in outreach and educational activities.

Number of Positions Available: 1

Salary: A reasonable estimate for this position is $56,600 to $63,000

Term of Appointment: One year with possibility to extend. Appointment based on the needs of the research project. 100% Appointment.

This position will have space in the Zarbalis Lab area at Shriners Hospital

For the full position description and to apply, visit:

The resulting hire will be at the Assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

This posting will remain open until filled through 6/30/2023.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

-Master's level degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with focus on neurodevelopment.
-Previous work with mice, proficiency in colony maintenance.
-Experience with mouse perfusion, immunofluorescence, and confocal microscopy. --HPLC use, biostatistics and use of GraphPad Prism.
-At least 4 years of previous experience of working in research.

Preferred qualifications

-Bench Science: Experienced with pipetting, chemical measuring, solution dilution. Skilled in immunofluorescence protocols with the ability to troubleshoot and calibrate practices to optimize specific antibodies.
-Computer skills: Proficient with Microsoft office, including creating detailed spreadsheets with functions in Excel, comprising tables and formatting manuscripts in Word, and creating highly detailed figures and presentations with PowerPoint.
-Biological sciences: Knowledgeable in neurobiology, mouse brain dissection, immunofluorescence in human brain tissue, genetics, animal behavior, HPLC, homocysteine measurement.
-Communication skills: Professional and prompt with work related communications across all media including e-mail, phone, texting, WhatsApp, zoom and Microsoft teams.
-Interpersonal skills: Works well with people across all demographics by being respectful of others experiences and trusting in their professionalism and expertise to accomplish work goals. Believes respect is key and that everyone brings a unique and valuable perspective to the table when solving any problem.
-Work environments: Able to work with shifting priorities and goals while maintaining organization and appropriate deadline management.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

  • Statement of Research (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
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