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Junior Specialist - Division of Endocrinology

Position overview

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

Application Window

Open date: December 4, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Dec 18, 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, 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

The Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist in general support of molecular, genetic, and biochemical studies related cardiovascular disease, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, and diet.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Research Activity (90%)
The Jr. Specialist will participate in publishable research on the dietary modulation of a highly atherogenic, heritable lipoprotein, called Lp(a), for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. This individual is expected to employ molecular, genetic, and biochemical tools to analyze samples from controlled human feeding trials. This includes protein isolation, detection, determination of protein size variability, and purification of lipoproteins from human blood specimens, application of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays to separate lipoproteins, coordination between various laboratories, and working to ensure project milestones are met. The Jr. Specialist will perform experiments under the supervision of the PI. He/she is expected to familiarize himself/herself with the current state of knowledge in the field by reading background literature, including that suggested by the supervisors and relevant independent study. The Jr. Specialist is expected to understand the rationale and hypotheses being tested, and to discuss experimental design prior to performing experiments with the supervisors. Once trained, this individual is expected to work independently for basic techniques and protocols. Overall, the Jr. Specialist should work semi-independently, planning his/her own work schedule and experiments, with oversight by the SRA and PI. He/she will be expected to participate in the design of the experimental plan and individual experiments. Through the above-referenced duties, the Jr. Specialist will outline and draft sections of the manuscript and/or help editing the manuscript. He/she will organize and summarize final data in graphical and/or tabular form for presentation, publications and grant proposals. The incumbent may be asked to present study findings at lab meetings and/or grand rounds as well as contribute to poster presentations.
Other responsibility of the Jr. Specialist in the lab will include the development of laboratory protocols, data entry, database design, specimen handling and maintenance, maintenance of storage units including freezers, and maintenance of regulatory requirements. The applicant will also assist all members of the laboratory with maintaining daily functions including ordering of supplies, and lab safety and will be required to perform tasks in compliance with all regulatory agencies/policies including PHS and OHSS. The ideal 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.

Professional Competence (5%)
The Jr. Specialist will have the opportunities to attend scientific or scholarly conferences including one of the AHA’s annual meetings.

University and Public Service (5%)
The Jr. Specialist will be expected to mentor undergraduate researchers. These students would typically help with basic lab tasks and complete small research projects closely related to his/her own research; would be expected to assist with their training and discuss experiments with them.


TERM OF APPOINTMENT: One year with the possibility to extend to two years maximum, based on the needs of the research project.

Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files via

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Macey Sockolov at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field with a minimum of one year experience in laboratory research.
• Requires demonstrated experience and expertise in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, lipid metabolism and/or diet/nutrition.
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)

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

• Preference will be given to applicants with additional demonstrated experience and expertise in genetics and/or metabolomics data analyses and interpretation.
• Preference will also be given to applicants with flexible work schedule.

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 required (contact information only)
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Davis, Ca