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 to join the lab of Dr. Frank McNally

Position Description

Junior Specialist I, Research (95%): Create DNA constructs, introduce DNA constructs into C. elegans to create new worm strains and analyze embryos from those strains using live imaging techniques as well as fixed immunofluorescence. Carry out genetic crosses that require PCR-based and microscope-based genotyping to create new C. elegans strains. Carry out biochemical experiments related to the project. Review the scientific literature, and in conjunction with the Principle Investigator formulate new hypotheses, design new experiments to test those hypotheses and conduct the newly designed experiments. Engage in, and present their work at, lab and group research meetings including Bay Area Worm Meeting. Prepare figures and assist in writing manuscripts for publication, and for reports for grant proposals. Help with overall running of the lab including ordering supplies and maintaining lab safety records.

Jr. Specialist I Service (5%): Mentor undergraduates in the lab.

Basic Qualifications

Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, molecular, or cellular biology. Candidate must have a minimum of 9 months of previous research experience that includes fixed immunofluorescence of C. elegans embryos, C. elegans genetic crosses and associated PCR genotyping. Candidate must have experience with quantitative image analysis using Image J and statistical analysis using Graphpad Prism. Candidate must have experience analyzing Sanger sequence data using APE. Candidate must have experience doing plasmid preps. Candidate must have experience giving PowerPoint presentations in lab meetings. Candidate must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive and document reagents and data for publications, grant proposals, and/or presentations. Solid organizational skills are a must. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills and the ability to work well both independently and as a part of a team.

Salary Range

Step I - $46,800 or Step II- $49,800 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Available - Closing Date

For full consideration applications should be received by May 20, 2022. The posting will remain open until filled

Term of Appointment

: Short-term, one- to two-year appointment based on the needs of the lab. Appointments may be made up to 100%

To Apply

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 two or three references. Apply via this URL:


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. Frank McNally at: fjmcnally@ucdavis.edu


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