Junior Specialist

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

Position Description

Research (95%): This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing structural studies of complexes involved in regulating assembly of tubulin into microtubules in the cytoplasm, Cilia and Flagella. The successful candidate will create DNA constructs, express and purify protein complexes in bacterial and insect cell systems. The candidate will utilize cryo-electron microscopy structural biology approaches to study the structures of these regulators in complex with tubulin dimers. The candidate will also carry computational image analyses using programs such as RELION, cryosparc. The candidate may also perform single molecule fluorescent reconstitution experiments studying the activities of these regulators with polymerizing dynamic microtubules. In addition, the candidate is expected to 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. The candidate is also expected to engage in, and present their work at, lab and group research meetings, as well as help prepare figures and assist in writing manuscripts for publication, and for reports for grant proposals as needed.

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

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor degree in biochemistry and molecular biology or a related field, with a minimum of two years of lab experience. Experience in molecular biology and biochemistry methods is required molecular biology skills such as PCR, DNA extraction, site-directed mutagenesis, protein purification methods and protein electrophoresis. Experience with purifying proteins from insect cells and utilizing computational approaches to study structures of molecular assemblies.  Experience must also include presentation of results in lab meetings. Must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and be able to document graphic and tabular data for publication, proposals, and/or presentations. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and the ability to work independently, but also be able to work as part of a team.

Salary Range

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

Position Available - Closing Date

The posting will remain open until September 11, 2018 to accommodate department needs.

Term of Appointment

Short term, maximum one year or based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 70%.

To Apply

To apply, please go to the following link:


Applicants should submit a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, and 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 Jawdat Al-Bassam at: jawdat@ucdavis.edu


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