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Assistant Specialist

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The University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine, department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology seeks to hire a full-time employee as an Assistant Specialist.

This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to different research areas. The position performs research, data analysis, preparation of data for publication, supervision and training of laboratory personnel and general laboratory management.

Basic Requirements: Master's degree in biology, microbiology, or related field.

Preferred Requirements: Highly advanced experimental and data analysis skills, and experience in epigenetic analysis, ELISA, molecular cloning, protein extraction, DNA/RNA extractions and PCR. Experience in lab management and organization, inventory management and ordering. Experience with and knowledge of biological safety and recombinant DNA documentation required by UC Davis and NIH. Experience with safety protocols and equipment employed in microbiology laboratories. Sufficient knowledge of microbiology, biochemistry, and infectious disease to communicate the conceptual basis underlying the laboratory's research projects to others in laboratory.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing support and assistance with experimental design, data analysis, and assay completion to students and Jr. staff. Perform lab safety officer duties including overseeing and student and staff member safety training requirements, preparing for safety inspections, and enforcing safety standards. Order lab supplies, maintain and organize supply inventory. Maintain laboratory equipment. Train and supervise undergraduate and high school students; assign and oversee student projects. Optimize and write SOPs and protocols for cellular and molecular biology techniques. Construct retroviral plasmids via cloning and site-directed mutagenisis. Process human blood and bone marrow samples and organize patient sample biorepository. Perform in vitro experiments with primary human and animal samples and cell lines. Cell culture, including cell lines and primary patient samples. Cell-based assays, including Alamar blue, CFC, CFSE proliferation, and phagocytosis assays. Flow cytometry, including cell surface staining, intracellular staining, FACS, and phosphoflow. Human tissue and peripheral blood processing, including biobanking and MACS column selection. Retrovirus production, transfection, and transduction. Chromatin immunoprecipitation, epigenetic analysis, ELISA, gel electrophoresis, protein extractions, SDS-PAGE and western blotting. Assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations, prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed, participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her research field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate, attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions, engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.

Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, CV, Statement of Contributions to Diversity and names and contact information of three references online at For full consideration, applications should be received by September 1, 2017. However, this position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2018.

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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)