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

This position will focus primarily on the dynamic nature of mitochondrial morphology and intracellular distribution. The candidate will be responsible for further exploring potential links between intracellular signaling pathways as well as mitochondrial signaling pathways associated with fission/fusion events, anterograde or retrograde transport events, as well as apoptotic signaling. The candidate is expected to explore such pathways in S. cerevisiae and H. sapiens with a focus on physiologically relevant etiologies and phenotypes. The candidate will design and implement experiments to explore pre-existing leads and expose novel leads using diverse methodology spanning the fields of organelle and cell biology with a particular focus on the biochemical nature of motility and distribution as it relates to mitochondrial transmembrane and outer membrane proteins associated with repositioning and apoptotic events. The candidate is expected to responsibly collect, record, and summarize their data and transform it into concise and effective figures for presentation in a lab meeting setting. Finally, upon completion of their research, the candidate is expected to generate a publishable manuscript with appropriate figures to effectively disseminate their data and findings to the scientific community. As a Junior Specialist, the candidate is also expected to competently and comfortably mentor undergraduate members of the lab, as well as assist in maintaining the lab as a clean, safe, and well-stocked facility. 

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor degree in cell or molecular biology or a related field with a minimum of one year experience in related research. Experience and knowledge with organelle dynamics, particularly the mitochondria and cytoskeleton, is necessary. Qualified candidates must be comfortable with safe and sterile handling of E. coli and S. cerevisiae. Extensive experience performing large scale PCR, cloning, Yeast Two- Hybrid, protein quantification, Western Blotting, and sterile technique is mandatory. The ideal candidate will also be able to comfortably use in silica tools such as BLAST, MSA, plasmid and primer design programs, as well as imaging software to annotate and quantify western blot and DNA gel images. Good communications skills, verbal and written, are required to effectively disseminate knowledge to diverse scientific backgrounds and is expected of all applicants. Finally, applicants must be comfortable efficiently planning experimentation across several week to several month long timescales and are expected to devote time to reading pre-existing and new literature related to the field of biology. 

Salary Range

Step I - $37,548 [100% annual] or Step II - $40,044 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Available/Closing Date

The position will remain open until June 7th, 2017 to accommodate department needs.

Term of Appointment

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

To Apply

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01620

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information of two references (including one from a previous research supervisor), and research statement describing their laboratory techniques and experience. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. 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 Jodi Nunnari, jmnunnari@ucdavis.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy
see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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