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Junior Specialist - XJ Wang Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000.00 at Step 1 or $52,200.00 at Step 2

Application Window

Open date: July 25, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Sep 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: Sunday, Dec 31, 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

Junior Specialist
XJ Wang Lab

This position provides research support to the laboratory of Dr. Xiao-Jing Wang in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This Junior Specialist position will conduct research on chronic wound healing and squamous cancer therapy. This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in molecular and cellular biology as related to tissue regeneration and cancer.
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.

• Independently develop assays for IncuCyte and high content immunofluroresence, and analyze data from these assays.
• Assist PI in the study design, collecting and interpreting data, and revising plans for future experiments for the involved project of cancer research.
• Performing experimental therapeutics in genetically engineered cancer mouse models
• Perform tumor/tissue transplantation in mice and conduct experimental therapeutics
• Perform IncuCyte assays to study normal and tumor cell migration, proliferation and clonal expansion
• Assist in mouse necropsy and performing biochemical assays based on protocols
• Perform immunostaining in tissue sections and cells by IHC and fluorescence using high content microscope for imaging capturing and analysis
• Expect to draft scholarly manuscripts and publish at least one first-author manuscript
• Review and critique for manuscripts as a co-author who contributed experimental data and analyses to manuscript.
• Regularly review scientific or scholarly literature reviews related to the lab research activities
• Present research results in weekly lab meeting series.
• Enter research findings and analyze data

• The incumbent will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the departmental meeting and other on-campus events.
• The incumbent will be encouraged to read appropriate literature and discuss during laboratory meetings.

• 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.
• Mentorship of undergraduate students including summer interns in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as rotating biomedical students.

Number of Positions Available: 1

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

Please submit: Cover Letter (Optional), CV (Required) or Resume, and Contact Information for three references (Required) to
This posting will remain open until filled through 12/31/2023


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or a related field with previous laboratory course experience.
• Prior lab research experience in Biological Sciences
• Cell culture skills for culturing keratinocytes and tumor cells.
• Previous training in animal handling and surgery.
• Has performed basic molecular biology assays, such as PCR, DNA/RNA/protein detections
• Experience in genotyping and breeding genetically engineered mouse models
• Experience of using high content microscope for imaging capturing and analysis
• Attentive and reliable with various modes of communication (email, calls, texts, etc.)

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

• Previous experience in IncuCyte assays and data analyses using IncuCyte software.
• Experience in handling mouse tumor transplantation models and treating mice with cancer drugs and radiation
• Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with coworkers with a wide range of professional backgrounds
• Experience of using graphpad for statistical analyses and data presentation

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

  • 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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Sacramento, CA