Burgess Lab Junior Specialist

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for one Junior Specialist position in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Position Description

Research (75%): This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on the dynamic chromosome events of meiosis. The successful candidate will work independently on various projects in the lab using zebrafish and budding yeast as model genetic organisms. The candidate will also carry out animal genotyping, immunostainings, and will analyze data from whole-genome sequencing analysis using standard bioinformatics tools. In addition, the candidate is expected to review the scientific literature, and in conjunction with the Principal Investigator, formulate new hypotheses and design and conduct new experiments. The candidate is also expected to attend and present their work at lab and group research meetings, as well as help prepare figures and assist in writing manuscripts for publication. 

University and Public Service (25%): The Junior Specialist will be expected to help maintaining wild-type and mutant animals, train other lab members and help with maintaining laboratory resources and stocks, including ordering, cleaning, keeping lab databases up to date and ensuring that safety regulations are met.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s of Science degree in Genetics or Molecular and Cellular Biology with at least 3 months of previous lab experience. The ideal candidate will have: Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize responsibilities, interpersonal communication skills, decision-making skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Experience must include molecular biology skills, such as PCR and DNA extraction, and culturing yeast or bacteria. The ideal candidate must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook, be able to document data for publication and/or presentations and be willing to learn new skills. 

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience or coursework in studying aspects of meiosis using molecular, cellular and/or genetic analyses, genotyping, immunostaining, microscopy, and image analysis. Experience working with zebrafish and/or yeast, and/or performing whole genome sequence analysis with a working knowledge of statistical analysis packages such as R.

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 June 20, 2024. Position will remain open until filled

Term of Appointment

One year with the possibility to extend to two years maximum, based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.


To apply, please use UC Davis Recruit 

Qualified applicants should upload a cover letter, a research statement describing their research experience and skills, and a curriculum vitae. Documents must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for three references.

For more information about the department, please visit the MCB website.