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Junior Specialist in Vascular Biology_Beleford Lab

Position overview

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

Application Window

Open date: March 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Mar 29, 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 Physiology & Membrane Biology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire one employee as a Junior Specialist in Dr. Beleford’s Lab. The Junior Specialist will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in vascular biology and molecular genetic causes of arterial, venous, and lymphatic malformations.

The Junior Specialist has the general duties of working closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) in the planning and execution of a research projects. 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, and writing conference abstracts and manuscripts (e.g., methods and results sections, table, and figure generation) for a particular project.

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

Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:

The incumbent will collaborate with other research personnel affiliated with research activities involving investigating the molecular genetic origin of vascular disease. The Junior Specialist will manage, maintain, and inventory transgenic mouse colonies including tagging, tail-snipping, and genotyping mice, cross-breeding to generate specific genetic lines, intraperitoneal and intragastric injections, and assisting with harvesting mouse tissues for analysis. Other responsibilities include establishing endothelial cell lines from harvested mouse and human tissues, inventorying frozen stocks, and maintaining these lines in culture. Molecular techniques that may be carried out by the Junior Specialist include immunocyto- and immunohistochemistry, fluorescent imaging and light microscopy, RNAScope, immunoprecipitation, Western analysis, and proximity ligation assay. The Junior Specialist is encouraged to lead at least one, possibly two independent research projects with input from the PI and opportunities for publication. The specialist is also expected to contribute to writing and reviewing manuscripts in preparation. The ideal candidate will be motivated, detail-oriented, have strong analytical and time-management skills, and be capable of working collaboratively with others.

The appointee is encouraged to attend department and technical society talks and journal clubs relevant to vascular biology. The appointee may also attend up to 2 local or national conferences relevant to vascular biology. The PI will assist with applications for funding to attend conferences as needed.

The incumbent 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, and other activities, as applicable.

*This recruitment is conducted at the junior rank. The resulting hire will be at the junior rank regardless of the proposed appointee’s qualifications.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Genetics, or related field. Degree must be awarded before start date.
• Minimum of one year of experience in laboratory research.
• Experience with basic tissue culture, PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis.

• Experience with rodent handling.
• Experience with basic laboratory molecular techniques.
• Experience with mentoring early learners.

To apply, please go to the following link: This position will remain open until filled.

Qualified applicants should submit:
• Cover letter detailing applicant’s qualification for this position
• CV
• Unofficial Transcripts
• Contact information for 3 references


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Junior Specialist candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Genetics, or related field. Degree must be awarded before start date.
• At least one year of experience in laboratory research.
• Experience with basic tissue culture, PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis.

Preferred qualifications

• Experience with rodent handling
• Prior experience with basic laboratory molecular techniques
• Prior experience with mentoring early learners

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Unofficial Transcripts

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)
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