The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for qualified Junior Specialists (JPF03942) to serve in support of Cultured Meat Consortium and exploration of potential cellular sources.
Research (90%) This position requires creative contributions to a new research program investigating topics in cultured meat, with an emphasis on investigation of potential cellular sources. The candidate will assist in determining research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. S/he will spearhead specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques and the documentation and organization of results in preparation of scientific publication or grant proposals. The candidate will contribute to training and coordination of the activities of students regarding the technical aspects of the research, to include: primary cell isolation, cell culture, RNA isolation, PCR, trouble-shooting issues, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments. S/he will be responsible for lab upkeep, including ordering of consumables and ensuring the lab is a clean and safe place to work. The candidate will receive specific training for duties required. Experience in muscle physiology, primary cell isolation, cell culture, microscopy, and media preparation are highly sought. Skill in standard laboratory techniques, quality communication skills, and a strong work ethic are expected.
Professional Competence (5%) The candidate will be expected to actively contribute to the Cultured Meat Consortium, including engagement in monthly seminars and presenting results annually. weekly lab meetings and present in that forum an average of 2 times per year on research progress. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to actively contribute to journal clubs designed to discuss an appropriate scientific publication related to lab research. The candidate is encouraged to attend seminars, present research outside the lab setting, and interact with professional interest groups. The candidate will be allowed to engage in public outreach activities that include presenting research results to the public.
Service (5%) The incumbent will act as a mentor for students in the lab and provide training in lab procedures.
BS degree in Food Engineering or related discipline
Experience in standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, making solutions, etc)
Experience in primary cell isolation from tissue
Experience in stem cell culture and differentiation
Experience in media development for cultured meat products
Experience in bovine cell culture and differentiation towards fat and muscle
Affinity and experience in the field of cultivated meat or cellular agriculture
SALARY RANGE: Step I - $44,500 [100% Annual] or Step II $47,400 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until June 30, 2021 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, up to two years. Appointments may be made up to 100%.
TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03942 . Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
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