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Junior Specialist - Silverman Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300/yr or $24.57/hr at Step 1 or $54,600/yr or $26.15/hr at Step 2

Application Window

Open date: May 8, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, May 23, 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 7, 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

This recruitment is to hire up to two junior specialists.

The MIND Institute and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Silverman Lab.

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in behavioral and translational neuroscience. Successful candidates will also participate in career building opportunities.


The incumbent for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in behavioral and translational neuroscience using rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work with preclinical models of rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorders. The incumbent will provide technical support and will actively participate in the research for grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), not-for profit foundations and industry endeavors with collaborative research. The incumbent will contribute to maintaining efficient laboratory workflows, in a large genetic model colony, presenting data to small and bigger groups, grant writing, and manuscript preparation.

General responsibilities include:


  • Breeding of genetically modified mice and basic rodent husbandry.
  • Collecting tissue from genetic mouse and rat models.
  • Collect in vivo behavioral outcome measures in mouse and rat models.
  • Genotyping subjects with a high level of knowledge of DNA extraction and PCR procedures as well as troubleshooting.
  • Basic Genetics understanding: DNA, RNA, Protein and Medilian Genetics
  • Analyzing behavioral and biological data.
  • score behavioral videos and observe seizure events for extended period.
  • Harvest and preserve rodent brain tissue.
  • Data management, processing, and statistical analysis of experimental data.
  • Writing experimental methods, data graphics, and statistical software.
  • Flexibility with time and research project focus areas.

Laboratory Oversight

  • Work with PI to track grant budgets.
  • Take regular inventory of supplies, prepare orders, and keep track of purchases.
  • Keep administration paperwork for laboratory safety and animal care and use records.
  • Prepare for laboratory inspections and liaison with inspectors.


  • Participate in lab meetings by sharing and discussing data and journal articles.
  • Preparation of data as figures for grant applications and for publication.
  • Review of research proposals, journal manuscripts, and other publications.
  • Present research at local and/or international scientific conferences (at the discretion of the PI).
  • Disseminate findings via publications.


  • Liaison with funding agencies and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor’s degree in a biological science or related field.
  • Understanding of general laboratory procedures including sterile techniques, preparation of analytical reagents, small animal work, keeping a detailed notebook, and organized files for protocols and data, and use of analytical laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to independently and proactively research information that will allow for forward progress and problem solve in the laboratory.
  • Familiarity with PubMed and/or google scholar. The applicant should be confident in reading scientific research papers for methods and results.
  • Demonstrated skills in rodent husbandry and excellent rodent handling skills.
  • Significant experience in colony management, tissue collection, genotyping, PCR, and rodent behavioral testing.
  • Ability to travel and perform experiments within laboratories in Sacramento and Davis.
  • Extended hours of in vivo data collection.
  • Computer skills using word processing and Microsoft suite.
  • Superior attention to detail and diligent recordkeeping.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, organization and preparation, ability to work in a demanding environment are essential.
  • 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.
  • Work successfully among a fast paced, self-driven, interdisciplinary team that work well as a group and independently (both are required).
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Background in neuroscience/genetics/biological-life sciences (e.g., preparing and diluting analytical reagents, use of analytical laboratory equipment, sterile technique, understanding of what offspring are the result of pairings).
  • Proficiency with statistical and graphing software (GraphPad Prism).
  • Pharmacological injection skills (e.g., intraperitoneal, tail vein, subcutaneous).
  • Stereotaxic surgery and/or aseptic techniques
  • Experience collecting, fixing, and sectioning rodent tissue.
  • Experience with Western blots and RT-PCR.
  • Knowledge of neuronal culture

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

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