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Junior Specialist - MIND Institute

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The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist. This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies in the area of neuroscience at the MIND Institute in Sacramento, California.

The position will support federally funded basic and translational research of gene expression in stroke and diseases of aging, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. The candidate will work with and process blood based human samples but will also work with other human tissues and sometimes those of animal origin. S/he will work closely with research investigators using a number of approaches to transcriptomic analysis.

The successful candidate’s general responsibilities include performing gene expression and network analysis under the supervision of research investigators; this includes using gene expression analysis software such as Partek Genomics Suite and Partek Flow, Ingenuity Pathway Analysis, implementing codes in R for Weighted Gene Co-expression Network Analysis, and others. The applicant will also engage in academic activities such as peer-reviewed publications, grant proposals, research reports and talk/poster presentations. This will include contributing to drafting/editing of manuscripts and grants, drafting analysis reports, preparing figures and tables for peer-reviewed manuscripts and poster/talk presentations.

The successful candidate will also participate in all lab meetings, discussing ongoing and future projects with clinical and research faculty and staff. The successful candidate will be required to attend discussions with collaborators such as weekly journal club meetings, the MIND Institute Research Seminar Series, Neurology Grand Rounds, and other relevant presentations. The candidate will present at the Society for Neuroscience and the American Heart Association meetings, and at local forums such as the UC Davis Human Genomics Symposium. S/he will mentor undergraduate and graduate students and lab members and educate each on how to run the R-based codes that s/he develops. The candidate will become a member of the Society of Neuroscience.

Basic Requirements:

  1. The position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related fields.
  2. Qualified candidates are required to be organized, motivated, attentive to detail and punctual. The ability to interact with diverse groups of people is required.
  3. Required qualifications also include in-depth knowledge and experience with WGCNA (Weighted Gene Co-expression Network Analysis).
  4. Knowledge and experience with gene expression analysis tools, such as Partek Genomics Suit, and pathway analysis programs, such as Ingenuity Pathway Analysis.
  5. A working knowledge in R environment to implement and modify codes for statistical analyses in R.
  6. Basic programming skills and computer skills necessary for data processing, organization and presentation (MS Office).

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. 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.
  2. The candidate is expected to contribute to the dynamic academic environment at the MIND Institute and the Department of Neurology.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $18.26/hour or Step II - $19.48/hour commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The term of appointment is short term, based on the needs of the research projects. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

To apply, please go to the following link:

To receive full consideration, applications must be received by October 9, 2017. However, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2018. Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for at least 3 references.

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

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