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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine Junior Specialist for two positions - Tian Lab

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine Junior Specialist for two positions - Tian Lab

These two Junior Specialist positons will conduct neuroscience related research entitled “imaging neuromodulation with genetically encoded molecular probes”. The research will involve skills using molecular cloning, protein purification, mammalian and primary cell culture, fluorescence microscopy, as well as statistical, imaging analysis and computer skills. The first phase of project will start on November 1, 2017 and end on June 31, 2018.


These two positions require creative contributions and collaborative development of an active research program developing molecular probes for imaging neuromodulation in the brain. The primary research project is to develop protein based probes to enable multiplex imaging of neuromodulators. The candidates will screen the intrinsic properties of the sensor in cells to achieve desired properties to match the dynamics of neuromodualtors in a variety of brain regions. The candidates will further characterize the sensors thoroughly in the hippocampal and midbrain neuronal culture, brain slice and in vivo in behaving animals. The candidates will learn recombinant DNA and viral techniques, molecular imaging, electrical physiology and imaging. The candidates will analyze imaging data, assist postdocs in the lab as well as develop ownerships of project gradually. The candidates will present research at weekly laboratory meetings and journal clubs to discuss the progress of the research project with the PI. This will include discussion regarding necessary revisions, review and future plans for the experiments of the projects.

The candidates will publish research results in journal of neuroscience, nature methods, nature communications, elife, and other outlets with the PI and other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition
The candidates will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidates will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidates will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.


The candidates will participate in society of neuroscience and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidates will attend seminars to present research results internally and nationally.


The candidates will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.

The candidates will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this positions.

For full consideration applications must be received by October 9, 2017; however the positions will remain open until filled through June 30, 2018. Qualified candidatess must apply online at UC Recruit: Please upload your CV and contact information for 2-3 professional references. This recruitment is two Junior Specialist.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)