Junior Specialist

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis in conjunction with PREP@UC Davis invites applications for five Junior Specialists in basic biomedical sciences.

Position Description

 The Junior Specialists will be involved in studies focusing on questions in cell, molecular, and developmental biology. Candidates will be expected to devote 30 hours per week to research, which may involve laboratory work, computation, data analysis, participating in laboratory group and other meetings, and assisting with writing manuscripts for publication. In the lab, 95% of effort will be research and 5% mentoring undergraduates or others in the lab. The candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Basic Qualifications

These positions are funded by the US National Institutes of Health, which mandates the following basic qualifications.

  • hold a bachelor’s degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited US college or university awarded no more than 36 months prior to applying
  • be citizens or permanent residents of the US
  • intend to pursue doctoral study in the biomedical sciences, i.e., a PhD, MD/PhD, DDS/PhD, or DVM/PhD degree.
  • be a member of a group underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, i.e., African American, Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or disabled.

In addition, applicants must have at minimum an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and 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

$38,127-$40,674 [75% annually], commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Position Available - Closing Date

The posting will remain open until filled. For full consideration, all application materials must be received by February 15, 2018

Term of Appointment

Short term, one-year appointment at 75% time.

To Apply

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01905 

Applicants should submit the following materials.

  • a description of past research experience, 1 single-spaced page maximum (if no prior research experience, just state this in this essay)
  • a statement of purpose, 1-2 single-spaced pages maximum, that describes the applicant’s current scientific interests, career goals, and reason for applying to PREP@UCD
  • three letters of reference, with at least two from faculty in the sciences. Letters must be uploaded to the UC Recruit website. Please do not send them separately.
  • transcripts (or unofficial copy) from all college or universities attended
  • a list of five PREP@UCD faculty with whom the applicant would like to work

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For more information about the program, please visit the website: http://prep.ucdavis.edu/


Please direct questions to Daniel Starr, dastarr@ucdavis.edu or Carole Hom, clhom@ucdavis.edu



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