Junior Specialist

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

Position Description

Research (95%): This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions regarding the chromosome events of meiosis using zebrafish, Danio rerio, as a model genetic organism. Work will be focused primarily on carrying independent research using state-of-the-art immunofluorescence confocal microscopy and image analysis methods, as well as maintaining zebrafish stocks and performing quantitative assays to analyze fertility. The candidate will assist with lab safety and compliance, including training of new lab members. 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. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Service (5%): The successful candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab.

Basic Qualifications

A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in genetics, molecular or cell biology. Advanced and practical laboratory coursework in genetics, cell or molecular biology is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated proficiency in zebrafish husbandry, genotyping using high-resolution melt analysis (HRMA), tissue preparation, immunofluorescence confocal microscopy, image analysis using ImageJ or similar platforms, and statistical analysis using Excel or R. The candidate must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive, label and document graphic and tabular data for publication, proposals, and/or presentations.

Salary Range

Step I $39,500 or Step II $42,100 [100% annual] -This position is being offered at 70%-time appointment maximum

Position Available - Closing Date

For full consideration applications should be received by June 24th, 2019.

Term of Appointment

Short term, maximum two-year appointment based on the needs of the research project. This is a 70%-time appointment

To Apply

To apply, please go to the following link:


Applicants should submit a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for two 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 Sean Burgess at: smburgess@ucdavis.edu


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