Open date: April 10, 2023
Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jun 28, 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, Apr 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.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for one or more Junior Specialist positions.
The successful candidate will join the research lab of Professor Soichiro Yamada to provide specialized expertise in the planning and execution of an NIH-sponsored research project studying the mechano-biology of cells.
NATURE AND PURPOSE
The position of Junior Specialist has a narrow focus in 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. Junior Specialists are required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. 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.
JOB SUMMARY AND DESIGNATED AREA OF EXPERTISE
Under the direction of the PI, the candidate’s responsibilities are a significant and essential part of publishable research activities.
The candidate will assist the PI in studying the molecular mechanisms underlying force-induced cell signaling (mechano-transduction) in normal and cancer cells, as well as identifying the physiological and pathological roles of this mechano-transduction. Candidate will perform routine laboratory tasks including: mammalian cell and bacterial culture, biochemical analysis of proteins, molecular biology protocols, fluorescence microscopy assays, routine microfabrication, and reagent preparation.
The candidate will keep meticulous records of protocols, will collaborate with other lab personnel to collect and interpret test results, and work with the research team to revise future studies as needed. The candidate will collaborate with the research group to collect data for manuscript preparation, review, and submission. The candidate will work with the project team to review and submit research proposals. Candidate will manage any relevant safety protocols and assure compliance with required documentation.
The candidate’s significant and meaningful contributions described above will lead to authorship or acknowledgement of published work.
MAJOR RESEARCH RESPONSIBILITIES (85% EFFORT)
• The candidate will assist the PI and other lab personnel in identifying force-induced protein-protein interactions, through the collection of samples from mammalian cells and will perform various biochemical and cell assays. In addition to performing assays, the candidate will interpret data. As an integral part of the study, the candidate will assist in revising plans for future studies.
• The candidate has unique skills and expertise in performing various relevant molecular biology and biochemistry protocols, and the preparation and maintenance of mammalian cell cultures. In addition, the candidate has expertise in using various lab equipment and will interpret and properly categorize collected data, which distinguishes him/her from other personnel who are charged with running the tests.
• The candidate will have a clear commitment to experimental rigor, and will keep meticulous records of all aspects of the studies. They will assist in performing assays and collecting data, which is an essential and meaningful contribution to successfully submit scholarly manuscripts.
• The candidate will be responsible for reading and reviewing literature pertinent to the studies.
• In addition to successfully collaborating with other research personnel in the lab and communicating scientific information, the candidate will be responsible for presenting research results during lab meetings. The candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to effectively engage others in the planning and conduct of research activities.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10% EFFORT)
• Candidate will participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
• In consultation with the PI, the candidate will have the potential to attend local and/or national scholarly conferences. The candidate will collaborate with researchers in the lab and will help to produce data presented at conferences.
UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
• Candidate may maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
• Candidate may participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as deemed appropriate by the PI.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE
As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open to accommodate Yamada lab needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time, you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted.
Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, biological sciences, or related field, or be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program in an above or related discipline.
Bachelor's degree is required by appointment start date.
Previous experience with mammalian cell culture is preferred, but not required.
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