Junior Specialist

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

Position Description

Research (75%): Research in the laboratory uses both Caenorhabditis elegans and tissue culture cells as a model system to study how the nucleus and other organelles interact with the rest of the cell. See https://starr.faculty.ucdavis.edu/ for a review of the work that the lab focuses on. Research aspects of this job will be using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to engineer C. elegans strains and mammalian tissue culture lines to test how LINC complexes and the cytoskeleton interact to regulate the biomechanics of the cell. Genome editing, worm strain maintenance and crossing, live microscopy, and biophysical assays will be the primary approaches. The candidate will maintain the lab website. Finally, the candidate will summarize data, prepare figures, and assist writing manuscripts for publication and grant proposals, as well as presenting their research in regular group meetings.

Service (25%): The candidate will spend time in a lab management role pertaining to lab safety and compliance, biological use authorization, ordering supplies, and maintaining equipment. The candidate will train new lab members, as well as mentoring undergraduate students.

Basic Qualifications

B.A./B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering or closely related field as well as two years’ experience working in a lab is required. A high degree of interest in using genetic and imaging methods to study underlying mechanisms of cellular architecture is preferred. Previous laboratory experience with C. elegans is required. Experience using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to make transgenic lines in C. elegans is required. You must be highly organized, motivated, and have the ability to ultimately conduct thoughtful, independent experiments.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with website maintenance is preferred. Once proficient at a technique, we prefer that you have the communication skills to teach such techniques to others in the lab.

Salary Range

Step I - $44,500 [100% annual] or Step II - $47,400 [100% annual]), commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Available - Closing Date

For full consideration applications should be received by July 27th, 2021. 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

Applicants should submit a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, and 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 website: https://www.mcb.ucdavis.edu/


Please direct questions to Dr. Dan Starr at: dastarr@ucdavis.edu


The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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