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Junior Specialist - Biomedical Sciences

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 at Step 1 or $54,600 at Step 2.

Application Window

Open date: December 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 26, 2024 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: Wednesday, May 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

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis, in conjunction with PREP@ UC Davis, invites applications for six (6) Junior Specialists in basic biomedical sciences.

The Junior Specialists will be actively involved in studies focusing on questions in cell, molecular, developmental biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, or genomics. Candidates will be expected to devote 30 hours per week to research.

I. RESEARCH in specialized areas (95%)
Research may involve laboratory work, computation, data analysis, participating in laboratory group and other meetings, and assisting with writing manuscripts for publication. The Junior Specialist will assist the PI or other academic members of the lab in areas such as study design, collecting and interpreting data, and revising plans for future experiments.


University Service includes mentoring undergraduates or others in the lab.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

These positions are funded by the US National Institutes of Health, which mandates the following basic qualifications:
• Hold a bachelor’s degree in a bio-medically relevant science from an accredited US college or university awarded no more than 36 months prior to applying.
• Be citizens or permanent residents of the US.
• Be a member of a group underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, i.e., African American, Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, disabled, or come from a disadvantaged background.
• Intend to pursue Ph.D. study in the biomedical sciences.
Please note that, per the Junior Specialist's contractual policy, applicants cannot have earned an MS degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

In addition, applicants must have at minimum an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive, label and document graphic and tabular data for publication, proposals, and/or presentations. The candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Document Requirements - • Statement of Purpose, 3 single-spaced pages maximum. In this statement of purpose, please describe (1) your past research experience (if you have not done research, describe an experiment or project from a class), (2) current scientific interests and career goals, and (3) how your life experiences have brought you to apply to PREP@UCD.

    • Eligibility: write a statement of no more than 50 words that specifies the NIH eligibility criteria that you satisfy. For more information, see [be a member of a group underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences: (a) individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, i.e., African American, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; (b) have a documented disability; or (c) come from a disadvantaged background, based on satisfying two or more of the listed criteria]
    • List of five PREP@UCD faculty with whom you would like to work, followed by a one-line description of how you learned about PREP@UCD.
    • Transcripts (or unofficial copy) from all College or Universities attended. For students currently enrolled in classes, please provide transcripts with grades through the end of Fall 2023. For students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, please include a final transcript.

  • 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.
    Please limit your DEI statement to at most one (1) page, single spaced.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Three letters of reference, with at least two from faculty in the sciences. Letters must be uploaded to the UC Recruit website. Please do not send them separately. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

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Davis, California