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Assistant Specialist for The Sieving Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $59,200 at Step 1 and $62,500 at Step 2.

Application Window

Open date: October 25, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 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 Position
Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
UC Davis School of Medicine

The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Assistant Specialist.

The purpose of this position is to provide support, coordination, and leadership for biological research studies of Dr. Paul Sieving, MD PhD, preferably for a 2-year commitment, but one year will also be considered. The Sieving lab wishes to fill this position as soon as possible.

The incumbent will be expected to perform experiments with transgenic mice, molecular biology, cell culture, and analyze and prepare data for oral presentations and for publications in scientific journals.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or a related field with a minimum of five years experience in laboratory research. Preferred qualifications include experience with lab animal (rodent) handling.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently. Some experience with data analysis, statistics, and genomics is preferred. A background in vision science is beneficial, but not required.

The incumbent will participate in the following duties:

Research (90%):

  • Experience with basic DNA isolation and PCR for genotyping rodent colonies.
  • Experience with tissue culture systems.
  • Dissection of mouse ocular tissues, embedding, sectioning, staining slides with antibodies (immunohistochemistry), and microscopy. This may be learned on the job.
  • Experience with DNA/RNA preps, qPCR, and other assays depending on the project.
  • Help with lab maintenance, including staying compliant with safety standards and inspections, ordering lab supplies, as well as completing paperwork.
  • Prepares manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator.

Professional Competence (5%):

  • The candidate is expected to attend symposia and conferences, participate and contribute to departmental and other seminars, journal clubs and other activities, as applicable. The incumbent will present research at regional and appropriate national meetings such as ARVO and AAO. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral format.

University and Public Service (5%):

  • Candidate is expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab, participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings and other activities, as applicable. Experience with this is preferred.
  • As a full-time research group member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and mentoring.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 22, 2023. Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit: Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for up to 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please direct questions to Ashley Bellmer @


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A strong undergraduate background in science, prior laboratory research experience, have a demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, make critical decisions, and communicate ideas.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or a related field with a minimum of five years experience in laboratory research.

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

Preferred qualifications include experience with lab animal (rodent) handling.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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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Job location

Sacramento, CA