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Juliano 2018 Junior Specialist Recruitment

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 17th, 2018
Next review date: December 15th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: December 15th, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


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.

Research (95%): This position will be involved in developing genetic tools for Hydra vulgaris as part of an initiative funded by an NSF EDGE grant. The successful candidate will create transgenic and genetically modified lines of Hydra by microinjection, with the goal of temporal and spatial control of gene expression. The candidate will be required to clone plasmid DNA using PCR, restriction digests, ligations, and DNA preps. The position also requires maintaining the lab Hydra stocks and ordering laboratory supplies and maintaining lab stocks and databases. In addition, the candidate is expected to review the scientific literature and in conjunction with the Principle investigator, formulate new hypothesis, design new experiments to test those hypotheses and conduct the newly designed experiments. Finally, the candidate will summarize data, prepare figures, and assist writing manuscripts for publication and grant proposals, as well as present their research in regular group meetings. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Service (5%): The successful candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab.

Bachelor degree in cell or molecular biology or a related field is required. A minimum of two years of experience performing basic molecular biology techniques in a research laboratory is preferred. Experience in DNA plasmid cloning, basic microscopy, invertebrate animal care, and microinjections is ideal, but not necessary. Must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive, label and document graphic and tabular data for publication, proposals, and/or presentations. Must be able to work as part of a team.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $39,500 [100% annual] or Step II - $42,100 [100% annual]), commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: The posting will remain open until December 15, 2018 to accommodate department needs.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, maximum two-year appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

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 Celina Juliano,

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Job location

Davis, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

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