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Dennis Specialist Position

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An Assistant/Associate Specialist position is available in the laboratory of Professor Megan Dennis. The Dennis laboratory is located in the UC Davis Genome Center, a state-of-the-art genomic research facility,

The rank and step of this appointment will be determined based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.


In direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator(s), this position will be involved in the characterization of complex genomic variation using a variety of molecular biology and genomic methods.

The candidate will specifically participate in characterizing cytogenetic and structural variant events using human and nonhuman primate cell lines. To do this s/he will perform fluorescent in situ hybridizations (FISH) and microscopy. Furthermore, the candidate will be supportive of a project specifically focused on characterizing genome organization at complex genomic regions. Specific tasks will include tissue culture as well as short and long-read sequencing library preparations (including Illumina, PacBio, Oxford Nanopore). The candidate must be familiar and able to learn quickly diverse library preparation techniques, including but not limited to: whole-genome sequencing, targeted capture including long-read approaches, chromatin approaches such as ChIP and Hi-C, and RNA-seq.

The candidate will assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publications, in collaboration with her/his direct supervisor. Manuscript preparation by the candidate will include reviewing the relevant literature and summarizing these reviews in the introduction, describing results and methods used to acquire the results, presenting and analyzing data obtained by the candidate, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how they fit in the current understanding of the field. Depending on whether the candidate is first or middle author of the manuscript in preparation, she/he will contribute these items for most of the manuscript or only the part contributed.


Depending on interest and availability of funds, the Assistant/Associate Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at meetings on the UC Davis campus. The candidate will also assist the investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies, participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, and review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.


The Assistant/Associate Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring undergraduate students. They will actively contribute to lab activities via meetings and unit/campus presentations. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • 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)