Junior Specialist

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

Position Description

Research (90%): This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions on the biophysical basis of microtubule-associated protein (MAP) behavior, and how these proteins drive the organization of the cytoskeleton. The candidate will produce and isolate recombinant proteins and endogenous complexes of MAPs and analyze their behavior using various biochemical and biophysical methodologies. The candidate will also clone plasmid DNA using PCR and Gibson methods. The candidate will learn to use TIRF microscopy to assay MAPs at the single molecule level.

Service (5%): The candidate will provide mentorship for undergraduate students in the lab and provide basic training and maintaining lab stocks and databases.

Professional Competence (5%): 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 a prior background in cytoskeleton research and strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor degree in cell or molecular biology or a related field with a minimum of two years experience in related laboratory research. Other qualifications include at least two years of research experience including DNA cloning and manipulation using Gibson methodology, protein expression in both bacteria and baculovirus, experience using a Bio-Rad NGC FPLC system, and ability to learn TIRF microscopy. Must have experience in recombinant protein isolation and manipulation. 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. Experience with molecular cloning of DNA plasmids using Gibson methodology is a must.

Salary Range

Step I $39,500 or Step II $42,100 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Available - Closing Date

The posting will remain open until Sept. 12, 2019 to accommodate department needs.

Term of Appointment

One to two-year appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

To Apply

Qualified applicants should upload 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. 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: http://www.mcb.ucdavis.edu/


Please direct questions to Dr. Richard McKenney at: rjmckenney@ucdavis.edu


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