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Jr. Specialist - Ji Lab

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The Ji lab in the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis is currently seeking a Junior Specialist, 43% time for duration of 12 months.

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on nutrition and neuroimmunology using animal models. Successful candidate will be trained for skillsets corresponding to PI’s research theme and significantly involved in publishable research activities, which may include but not limit to: assist PI in study design; conduct animal experiments using agricultural (i.e. piglet) and/or lab animal species; write research protocols; Develop and perform lab trials and analysis; and contribute to writing scholarly manuscripts. Candidate for the position are also expected to assist PI in mentoring undergraduate interns and manage active animal care protocols (IACUC). Successful candidate may have opportunity to present research in regional conference. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

• Bachelor degree in one of the listed majors (Nutrition science; Cell biology; Neurobiology, physiology and behavior; or Biological Science).
• Able to work independently after training
• Stay being organized at work.
• Keep to schedules and deadlines.
• Basic lab skills (use pipette, centrifuge, etc.).

• Good at following protocols and maintain research records.
• Proficient in Microsoft suite (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint).
• Feel comfortable handle multitasks.
• Any advanced lab skillsets listed is preferred (RNA/DNA extraction, quantitative RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry, operating fluorescent microscope, cell culture)
• Scientific writing skills

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $18.92 hourly or Step II - $20.16 hourly, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: The posting will remain open until the position is filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, 43% time for a duration of 12 months with the possibility of extension to 24 months.

Applicants should submit cover letter and curriculum vitae.

Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for 2 references.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Peng Ji (
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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 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 required (contact information only)