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

Position Description

Nature and Purpose

The overall goal of this appointee's work is to maintain and continue developing a cutting-edge fluorescence light microscopy imaging core facility with an emphasis on live cell imaging for contemporary cell and developmental biologists. Housed in the MCB/CBS Imaging Facility, this resource provides state-of-the-art tools for image acquisition, processing, visualization, and analysis. This resource frees individual investigators from the productivity drains of procuring and maintaining this sophisticated methodology. Continued operation and development of this resource requires someone with appropriate expertise, as detailed below.

Research (90%)

Research Activity (75%) - This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of active research programs investigating topics relevant to fluorescent live cell imaging, visualization, and analysis. The appointee will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Core Director and Imaging Committee. They will also be involved in designing and implementing specific research projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases, the appointee may play a supervisory role for students, post-docs or technicians regarding the technical aspects of their research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

It is the appointee's responsibility to optimize the imaging methodologies available to researchers who use the Imaging Facility and to develop new capabilities that represent the cutting-edge areas in biological imaging, especially as they pertain to fluorescence imaging of living cells. More specifically, they are charged with:

  • Maintaining state-of-the-art imaging instrumentation and supporting facilities to optimize data collection and data analysis.
  • Developing solutions to imaging problems that extend the ability of users to acquire and analyze data (e.g., experimental protocols and novel reagents).
  • Facilitating acquiring and upgrading existing Facility instrumentation by writing grants, generating preliminary data and coordinating instrument demonstrations.

Publication (5%) - The appointee will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with users of the Imaging Facility.

Grant Acquisition (10%) - While the Specialist does not have PI status, the appointee will support efforts to write proposals for funding to purchase instrumentation from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The appointee will prepare and assist in the preparation of budgets and reports as required by granting agencies. The appointee will interact with staff and funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

The appointee will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their specific field of live cell imaging and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The appointee will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the appointee may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions..

University and Public Service (5%)

Serve as representative of the Imaging facility by way of incumbent's contact and interactions with faculty, staff, researchers, and students, as well as with non-university clients. Interact and communicate with visitors, on operations, services, and equipment in the Imaging Facility.


PhD in biology or closely related field or MS degree with a total of 5-10 years' experience. Extensive previous experience in the theory and use of light microscopy in biology is required. Experience in imaging data analysis is highly desirable. The candidate will be very motivated, must have very good/excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Salary Range

Associate Specialist Step 1-4 $65,200-$76,200 [100% annual]

Specialist Step 1-9 $80,600-$168,800 [100% annual]

Rank and Step commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Available - Closing Date

For full consideration applications should be received by October 11, 2021. Recruitment will remain open until filled

Term of Appointment

Minimum 1 year appointment, appointment will be renewed based on the needs of the department

To Apply

Applicants should submit cover letter, research statement, and curriculum vitae detailing relevance experience and contact for two references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files via this URL:



Please direct questions to Dr. Michael Paddy, mrpaddy@ucdavis.edu


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