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Assistant Specialist Wan Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A Reasonable estimate for this position is $59,200 -$68,200

Application Window

Open date: September 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Sep 21, 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, Mar 1, 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

Assistant Specialist- Pathology and Lab Medicine
Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan Lab


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine located in Sacramento campus is seeking a full-time Assistant Specialist. The purpose of this position is to perform animal research support to Dr. Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan’s lab research programs.

Wan lab focuses on diet and metabolism associated disorders using mouse models. Data generated from mouse disease models are often validated using human specimens or available human data. This position requires experience in basic research especially using mouse and cell lines as models. The Specialist is expected to work independently as well as a team member.

The Specialist should be competent in literature search, gathering background information, able to work with the PI or other members for hypothesis generation, perform the experiment, and interpret data. The Specialist is expected to have some leadership skill to organize the lab and make initiation in both lab management and executing experiments.

Successful candidates should have taken upper levels of biochemistry and molecular biology, a good understanding of human health and diseases. Knowledge in bioinformatics and omics data analysis are huge plus. The organs studied in the Wan lab include the liver, the colon, and the brain, and they are connected via the diet-gut-liver axis or the gut-brain axis.

A. The Specialist will use her/his research experience and expertise to lead or support research projects under the direction of the PI or senior members in the lab. Specific duties for this position include writing of research projects/protocols, evaluating cost effectiveness, setting up priority, assessment of material requirements, management and analysis of research data, as well as manuscript preparation.
B. The Specialist is expected to have the following technical skills. The frequently used skills are animal/mouse handling, maintain and breed mouse colonies, interventions using oral gavage or injections through different routes for mice, mouse necropsy, mouse genotyping using PCR, tissue and blood processing, RNA or DNA extraction, cell culture, prepare chemicals, check pH, real-time PCR, biochemistry assays, taking photos for histology, quantification using imaging, bioinformatics data analysis. The Specialist should strict adherence to protocol, require keen observation, and extensive documentation as well as pay attention to details to ensure reproducibility. The Specialist are expected to have prior experience in teaching students or junior specialist to perform research.
C. This position will also be responsible for assisting in writing and submitting animal protocols and other research documents, and presentations. 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.

Review and editing protocols, research proposals or manuscripts.
Generating reference list for citation.
Highly qualified candidates are expected to have prior publications in peer-reviewed journals.

A. Participate in research presentation within the department or campus as appropriate.
B. Participate in outreach and recruitment of new lab members.
C. Be a strong advocate to promote lab research and findings using various tools including social media.

Number of Positions Available: 3

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

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 2/09/2024.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

-Bachelor’s degree in science (BS) major in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or equivalent.
-Prior experience in wet labs and labs working on mice.

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

Bench Science: Experienced with pipetting, chemical measuring, solution dilution and pH balancing. Skilled in animal/mouse handling, maintain and breed mouse colonies, interventions using oral gavage or injections (iv, ip), mouse necropsy, mouse genotyping using PCR, tissue and blood processing, RNA or DNA extraction, cell culture, real-time PCR, PCR, biochemistry assays, taking photos for histology, quantification using imaging, bioinformatics data analysis for sequencing of RNA or bacteria.

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. Competent with WordPress for website design and management.

Biological sciences: Knowledgeable in anatomy or histology are highly desirable.

Communication skills: Professional and prompt with work related communications across all media including e-mail, phone, texting, zoom, Microsoft teams and UCD share folders.

Interpersonal skills: Worked 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 stacking 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Sacramento, CA