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Junior Specialist-Brooks-Kayal 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: March 15, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Apr 19, 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: Thursday, Mar 13, 2025 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 Neurology at the University of California Davis, School of Medicine is recruiting for a full-time Junior Specialist in research on the cellular and molecular pathways that mediate the development of epilepsy following brain injury.

The Junior Specialist has the general duties of working closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) in the planning and execution of a research project. Specifically, the junior specialist may assist in data collection, entry and quality control, study design and implementation, literature reviews and data analysis, and contribute to manuscripts writing (e.g., methods and results sections, table, and figure generation) for a particular project.

The incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. Amy Brooks-Kayal and will have the ability to work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment.

I. RESEARCH (90% Effort)
A. The incumbent will collaborate with other research personnel affiliated with research activities involving animal models of epilepsy to elucidate mechanisms underlying the development of this disease in order to identify novel targets for epilepsy treatment and prevention. The candidate will perform technical/routine laboratory functions under the supervision of a Faculty Member and/or SRA IV including: maintaining and breeding of rodents (mice and rats); intraperitoneal (IP) and intrahippocampal (IH) rodent injections; rodent brain surgeries; monitoring and scoring of seizures; EEG recordings collection and analysis; laboratory maintenance (cleaning of glassware, autoclaving, stocking supplies); preparation of solutions; molecular biology and histological techniques; and collection and analysis of data.

Some of the duties associated with this position entail activities to be performed in confined spaces. The incumbent will be required to sit or stand for extended period of time while performing rodent surgeries and/or scoring behavioral seizures.

This is a 100% on site position. General work hours are Mon-Fri 8hrs/day. Occasional long hours and/or weekends will be required based on laboratory and department needs.
Specific duties may include:
1) Maintain a clean and orderly working environment in the laboratory;
2) Cleaning of glassware, autoclaving, stocking supplies;
3) Aid other lab members in the performance of their work;
4) Assist with animal (mice and rats) housing, care and monitoring;
5) Assist with and perform rodents’ surgery including intracranial electrode implantation;
6) Assist with rodents intraperitoneal (IP) and intracranial injections;
7) Assist with rodents’ behavioral seizure scoring;
8) Assist with and perform EEG interpretation once appropriately trained;
8) Perform basic histological procedures to prepare brain tissue for staining;
9) Assist with animal tissue harvesting, sectioning, staining and collection of microscopy images;
10) Write and maintain precise records relative to all research procedures and results;
11) Actively contribute to publishable research by collecting and interpreting data;
12) Review journal manuscripts and/or other publications related to epilepsy research.

A. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

The Junior Specialist may be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants that rotate through the lab. They will be expected to participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings, committee service, and other activities, as applicable.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent degree) with a major in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biology, Bioengineering or a related field;
• Research experience in neuroscience or related fields;
• Experience working in animal research-based wet labs;
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, make critical decisions;
• Demonstrated strong organizational and time management skills;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Proficiency in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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

Knowledge of animal care and handling;
• Prior training in stereotaxic surgery in rodents;
• Ability to perform surgery for implantation of electrodes for EEG recording;
• Familiarity with seizure analysis in EEG recordings;
• Tissue harvesting and sectioning;
• Basic molecular biology (PCR) and biochemical techniques (Western blot, Immunohistochemistry).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Sacramento, CA