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Paddy 2018 Junior Specialist Recruitment

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The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for one Junior Specialist in molecular, cell and developmental biology.

DEGREE REQUIREMENT: Bachelor’s degree in cell or molecular biology or related field or an instrumentation-based physical science.


Research (55%)
In collaboration with researchers and specialist, the incumbent will participate in imaging method development. This includes developing specific, non-routine or unique methods for image data collection, image visualization and image analysis to support the research needs of individual scientists. All these activates should lead to publishable research results.

Professional Competence (25%)
In addition to the above work resulting in publishable research data, the incumbent will engage in discussions on imaging data collection and the interpretation of imaging results with scientists, including accurate and comprehensive interpretation of imaging data. In addition, to remain up-to-date in current imaging trends and applications, the incumbent will attend the weekly MCB departmental research seminar and the weekly cell and developmental graduate student seminar.

Service (20%)
The incumbent will provide assistance to new users in basic microscope procedures and research analysis and assist users with routine problems in operating instruments. The incumbent will ensure that available microscope time is split equitably between users. The incumbent will ensure that microscopes are used in accordance with facility policy. The incumbent will mentor students and post doctorals, as well as actively contribute to facility activities via meetings and unit/campus presentations.

Required: Bachelor’s degree in cell or molecular biology or related field and an ability to synthesize diverse sources of information to imagine solutions to unique problems is essential. Good interpersonal and communication skills to clearly and effectively interact with a diverse group of individuals in a very collaborative environment are also required. The ideal candidate will have strong logistical skills, be able to prioritize projects, make efficient use of time and have the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced research environment.
Desirable: Experience working in a research laboratory, some experience with fluorescence light microscopy, and some simple programming skills such as Matlab.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $38,112 [100% annual] or Step II - $40,656 [100% annual]), commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration applications should be received by July 11, 2018.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, maximum one-year appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointment may be made up to 81.5%.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for two references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For more information about the department, please visit the website:

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Michael Paddy,

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Describe your research experience and skills

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

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)