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Junior Specialist - Kuo Lab

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: February 15, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Mar 15, 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: Monday, Jul 15, 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

Position Description
The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for qualified Junior Specialists (JPF06317) in general support of molecular, cellular, epigenetic, genetics, and physiological experiments related to the study of diabetes. A majority of activities will be conducted in the lab. The position can be filled on a part-time basis.

Research (90%)
This position requires intellectual contributions to an active research program investigating pancreatic islet biology, transcription factors, epigenetics, genetics, and metabolic disorder. The candidate will perform experiments for defined projects leveraging both in vivo and in vitro methods, document and organize results, and participate in the preparation of scientific publication and grant proposals. The candidate will be trained to develop plans to achieve scientific goals, perform experiments to test working hypothesis, and interpret the results. The candidate will contribute creatively to the project through study design, application of the Scientific Method, and revision of plans for future experiments. He/she will be responsible for the upkeep of the lab: ordering consumables, requesting quotes from company representatives, and ensuring the lab is a clean and safe place to work. Experience in colony management is required. Excellence in standard laboratory techniques (PCR, cloning, and DNA and protein electrophoresis) and strong work ethic are expected. Candidate must be comfortable handling and working with mouse model systems. Individual with a deep interest in science, programming skills, and an ambition to excel in diabetes research are highly sought.

Professional competence (5%)
The candidate will actively contribute to the weekly lab meeting or journal club, and will be expected to present on an average of 2 times a year on research progress or scientific paper, respectively. The candidate will attend seminars and may present research results and is encouraged to interact with professional interest groups. The candidate will be allowed to engage in public outreach activities that include presenting research results to the public. This position requires excellent organization skills and precise execution of experiments, strong work ethic, good communication skills, and the ability to work well independently.

Service (5%)
The candidate will act as a mentor for undergraduate volunteers in the lab, and provide training in lab procedures.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidate must have an earned Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline.
Experience in analyzing large datasets (such as RNA-seq and ChIP-seq) using web-based platform and/or computer programming. Ability to work with Excel, PowerPoint, and ImageJ is required. Colony management is expected.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Experience in analyzing large datasets (such as RNA-seq and ChIP-seq) using web-based platform and/or computer programming. Ability to work with Excel, PowerPoint, and ImageJ is required. Colony management is expected.

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

Experience in islet biology and cell culture are preferred. Programming skills are preferred.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA