Albeck Lab Junior Specialist

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a Junior Specialist position in quantitative cell biology.

Position Description

Research (80%): This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on the regulation of cellular proliferation and metabolism in cancer cells. The candidate will develop genetic reporter constructs encoding fluorescent biosensors and use cell culture methods to deliver these reporters to patient-derived tumor cells and cell lines. They will conduct live-cell microscopy experiments with these cells and cell lines and will use computational image analysis to quantify intracellular regulatory responses to inhibitors and therapeutic agents. The position also requires maintaining and archiving mammalian cell samples and cell lines and updating plasmid, cell, and image databases. Finally, the candidate will summarize data, generate figures, present their research in regular group meetings, and assist in preparing manuscripts for publication.

Service (20%): The junior specialist will be expected to help train and mentor undergraduates, graduate students, and other lab members, and will be expected to help with the overall running of the lab, including ordering, cleaning, and ensuring that safety regulations are met. 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.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree in cell or molecular biology or a related scientific field.
Laboratory experience in molecular cloning techniques and mammalian cell culture. Experience with live-cell microscopy of fluorescent biosensors and image analysis using MATLAB.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience or coursework in studying signal transduction, biochemistry, and metabolic regulatory pathways.

Basic coding skills in MATLAB, R, Python, or a similar programming language.
Experience with plasmid mapping software such as SnapGene.

Salary Range

A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 at Step 1 (@ 100%) or $54,600 at Step 2 (@ 100%)
Junior Specialist NEX: A reasonable estimate for this position is $24.57/hr at Step 1 or $26.15/hr at step 2

Position Available/Closing Date

For full consideration applications should be received by Aug 11, 2023. Position will remain open until filled.

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, please use UC Davis Recruit 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, and a curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for three 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 MCB website.