The Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire a full-time employee as a Junior Specialist. This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in vertebrate development, neurogenesis, lens formation, and centrosome biology. Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:
1. RESEARCH (75 % EFFORT) The Specialist is expected to work closely with the Principal Investigators (PIs), Drs. Li-En Jao and Paul FitzGerald in planning and execution of experiments involving mammalian cultured cells, zebrafish model system, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, immunohistochemistry, RNA in situ hybridization, and advanced confocal microscopy. Importantly, the Specialist is expected to assume the responsibility of carrying out research projects independently for the two labs, with the expectation that results from these projects will lead to publications. Therefore, the Specialist needs to have the necessary skills to generate high-quality and publishable data. S/he is also expected to study relevant journal articles, think critically and creatively, and to use the knowledge for designing experiments to test and refine hypotheses.
The Specialist is expected to participate in weekly lab meetings, departmental seminars, and other relevant research seminars on campus. In those meetings, s/he will present 1) her/his own research results or 2) recent research journal articles relevant to the projects involving centrosome biology (Jao lab) and lens development (FitzGerald lab). In those meetings, the Specialist is expected to engage in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results.
The Specialist is expected to co-write the manuscripts with the PIs using the data from the research projects s/he is involved in. In addition to those research activities, the Specialist is also expected to perform various technical and routine lab activities (e.g., ordering, lab organization and management, etc.) for both labs.
2. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10% EFFORT) In a later stage of the employment, the Specialist is expected to attend and present data (in the form of poster or oral presentations) in regional or international conferences or retreats. Such meetings include but are not limited to the annual MCB T32 retreat, Bay Area Cytoskeleton Symposium, NorCal Zebrafish Symposium, and annual meetings of American Society for Cell Biology.
The Specialist will also help the PI review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
3. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (15% EFFORT) The Jao lab has several undergraduate researchers. The Specialist is expected to take on the mentorship of these undergraduate students, including mentorship of the student assistants who work in the zebrafish facility shared between the Jao and Dennis labs.
Bachelor degree in Biology or a related field. (Degree must be received by June 30, 2019, or start date whichever is sooner)
Minimum of two years of research experience in a laboratory setting is required.
Experience with routine molecular biology techniques, including designing and performing Gibson and Gateway cloning, performing biopsy of zebrafish fins, PCR, and gel-shift assays to genotype various mutant alleles.
Experience with handling RNA samples, including performing RNA extraction, RT-PCR, generating of RNA in situ hybridization probes, and performing whole mount RNA in situ hybridization.
Experience with using the compound or dissecting microscope to generate publication-quality images.
Most importantly, the job requires a highly motivated, organized, and focused individual who is eager to learn and to take initiative.
Strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Experience of working with human cultured cell lines and performing related techniques such as transfection and immunohistochemistry is a plus.
Experience of working with image analysis software including Imaris and MATLAB will also be preferred.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT:Full-Time (100%) appointment. Initial appointment is for 12 months (short term); reappointment is pending satisfactory performance, needs of the research project, and sufficient funding.
TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02844 . For full considerations applications must be received by May 23, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled through December 31, 2019.
Qualified applicants should submit:
Cover Letter: please briefly describe your research experience, reason(s) for seeking this position, and future career goals. Please also include some unique skills that do not make it to your CV and some personal hobbies.
Contact information for 2 references
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