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Junior Specialist - Ashwood 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: July 6, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Oct 2, 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, Jul 5, 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

This position will involve research for 75% of the time in studies analyzing the nature and extent of the immune response in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and including the brain-immune-gut axis. Successful candidates will participate in performing specialized experimental procedures in immunology and cell biology. These procedures will include but not be limited to: quantitative techniques such as ELISA analysis and bead based Luminex assays, preparation and isolation of blood mononuclear cells, cell culture of peripheral blood mononuclear cells for stimulation assays, analysis of cellular markers by flow cytometry, gel electrophoresis and Western blot analysis, microscopy and image analysis, preparation of stock reagents and solutions for the various assays. In this position the successful candidate will keep accurate records of experimental procedures and data using PC computers for data storage and analysis. This position will aid in the coordination of sample collection for a large center project, ensuring the correct collection and processing of biological samples.

20% of the time will be spent for professional competence and will involve laboratory maintenance and regulatory compliance, maintaining complete and updated laboratory records regarding laboratory safety, chemical inventory, MSDS forms, and employee training records (including biosafety training, human subjects training and other training as required). As needed, this position may also assist the PI with the preparation of Use Authorizations for Biohazards (BUA), Radioactivity (RUA), and Carcinogens (CUA). This aspect of the position will require updated knowledge of and compliance with policies of the University of California and the agencies funding the research. This position will be responsible for ordering and maintaining stocks of standard reagents and supplies. He/she will maintain a logbook of supplies and reagents ordered for the lab. The candidate will be expected to attend lab meetings and when appropriate, will present data to their laboratory peers and will contribute to scholarly articles by providing their research findings, data, and write-ups on the work performed and may participate in writing manuscript portions in relation to their research findings. The candidate will review scholarly literature to improve or learn about methods for the project that are needed for ongoing projects and will participate in local conferences and joint lab meetings.

5% effort of the candidate will also provide University/public service by providing mentorship of undergraduate students, guiding them in laboratory safety and training them in basic laboratory techniques.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or a related field with prior laboratory experience. Must exhibit professional approach to work and attention to detail.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Coursework and/or experience to perform cell culture and biology techniques. Experience in developing, troubleshooting, or adapting experimental tools and assays. Experience with large-scale sample repository and maintenance. Experienced computer skill for scientific data entry and usage is also preferred.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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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Davis, CA