Powers Lab Junior Specialist

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

Position Description:

Research and lab maintenance (90%) This position involves contributing to the research program to investigate the highly conserved rapamycin-sensitive TOR signaling network, using the model eukaryote S. cerevisiae as an experimental system. The candidate will be involved in projects aimed at understanding the composition, assembly, and regulation of the TORC1 and TORC2 complexes, using bioinformatic, genetic, biochemical, and cell biology approaches. The ideal candidate will use bioinformatic tools (BLAST, R, Python) to explore sequence data bases (including NCBI) and construct phylogenetic trees and sequence alignments of TOR components across the expanded eukaryotic tree of life. Results of these approaches will be used to inform experiments aimed at understanding the evolution and diversification of TOR signaling, as well as structure-function relationships within the TORC1 and TORC2 complexes. The ideal candidate will also possess experience with or quickly learn experimental methods, including yeast genetic approaches such as tetrad dissection, transformation, and cell culture, as well as cell and molecular biology techniques, including DNA manipulation, Western blotting, and fluorescence microscopy. Experience is also required with many software platforms including ImageJ, Photoshop, Benchling, and UCSF Chimera. The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and a strong work ethic, as well as possess the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. 

Professional Competence (5%) The candidate will be expected to contribute to weekly lab meetings and journal clubs and participate in appropriate larger venues, including a monthly joint research meeting with other labs that all have overlapping research interests in cell signaling. The candidate will be expected to present within these forums on regular basis. The candidate will summarize their data in written, graphical and/or tabular form for publication and grant applications and will help with the preparation of manuscripts and grant applications. The candidate will receive mentoring in each of these aspects of training and will have the opportunity to interact with researchers from other labs as part of their laboratory training

Service (5%) The candidate will provide mentorship for undergraduate students in the lab and provide basic training and laboratory supervisio

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelors of Science degree, preferably with training in the field of cell and molecular biology and yeast biology and genetics

Preferred qualifications

Prior experience in recomibinant DNA bioinformatics methods, basic molecular biology techniques, and use of image analysis software such as ImageJ, gene design on-line tools such as Benchling, and structure manipulation software such as UCSF Chimera

Salary Range:

Junior Specialist: 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 6, 2024. Position will remain open until filled

Term of Appointment:

Short term, one year appointment with the possibility to extend to two years maximum, based on the needs of the research project


To apply, please use UC Davis Recruit 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a research statement describing their research experience and skills, and a curriculum vitae and, optionally, a statement of contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (max 500 words). 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 website: http://www.mcb.ucdavis.edu


Please direct questions to Dr. Ted Powers, tpowers@ucdavis.edu.

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