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Junior Specialist for Dr. Zarbalis 2017-2018

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The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist.
This position will be involved in research studies focusing on mammalian craniofacial and neuronal development using modern methods in molecular and cellular biology.

General responsibilities include:
Junior Specialist incumbent(s) will operate equipment and develop research methods in molecular biology, histology and cell culture. This work will include the use of standard methods in molecular biology, including, but not limited to molecular cloning, gene expression analysis, and testing of protein-protein interactions. Additional tasks will include immuno-fluorescent analysis on tissue samples and cultured cells. The incumbent(s) will be expected to read, discuss, and interpret journal articles relevant to the projects they are assigned to and to participate in research presentations. Review of research proposals and journal manuscripts for which they contribute experimental results are required. The position will include designing and pursuing research questions, analyzing data, and contributing to the field through posters, publications, and attending conferences, under the mentorship of the research team.
In addition, incumbent(s) are expected to engage in minimal departmental and/or public service, including participation in search committees and communicating with the wider public or visitors the research results of general interest.
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.
Ability to quickly gain knowledge and understanding to efficiently and effectively learn and perform the following tasks:
•Efficiently and effectively operate laboratory equipment and prepare laboratory samples, including potentially hazardous biological specimens (e.g. blood, tissue).
•Follow broadly defined instructions and complete experimental procedures in accordance to relevant protocols.
•Perform new technical laboratory procedures with minimal or no supervision.
•Follow institutional safety guidelines when processing animal specimens, using biological safety cabinets, and using protective clothing (latex gloves, laboratory coat, face mask, eye protection), and follow specific detailed instruction on the safe handling of bio-hazardous material.
•Develop an understanding of disease processes and therapies pertaining to specific research projects, such craniofacial syndromes and neurodevelopmental disorders.
•Prepare regulatory documentation for Institutional Review Boards.
•Perform all work in adherence to study protocols.
•Follow the regulatory requirements of the F.D.A., N.I.H., Institutional Review Board, Office of Human Research Protection, UCD research policy and procedures, and appropriate regulatory agencies.
•Plan and conduct biological sample collections from different sources, and prepare such samples for shipment as appropriate per IATA/DOT regulations.
•Organize and prioritize the workload requirements.
•Keep clear and accurate records and provide timely reports, and work on several projects simultaneously.
•Demonstrate knowledge of safety requirements and regulations pertaining to the research, teaching and administrative functions of the department.
•Aid in monitoring compliance to federal regulations governing research.
•Communicate effectively with the supervisor and collaborating professionals on matters pertaining to the research at hand.

Basic Qualifications:
•Bachelor degree in biological sciences or a related field with previous laboratory course experience.
• Must have a car or other reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

• Must have basic level understanding of Biological Sciences
• Must have demonstrated proficiency with bench science activities, including but not limited to: dilution preparation, specimen handling, accurate measuring of chemicals, etc.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Must be able to type at least 60 words per minute
• Must respond timely to email and voicemail messages.
• Must be attentive and reliable with various modes of communications (email, calls, texts, etc.)
• Must possess good inter-personal skills and be capable of working with a variety of personalities
Step I - $17.99 hourly or Step II - $19.18 hourly, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Number of Positions Available: 2
Term Of Appointment:
Short-term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.
This posting will remain open until filled through JUNE 30, 2018.
Applicants should submit Cover Letter (Optional), CV (Required) or Resume, Contact Information for three references (Required), and 3 letters of recommendations (Optional) at
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.
QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Vadim Gol at
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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • 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.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Recommendation Letter #1 (Optional)

  • Recommendation Letter #2 (Optional)

  • Recommendation Letter #3 (Optional)

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