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

The position will include interdisciplinary studies focusing on the relationship between mitochondrial DNA and mitochondrial fusion. The candidate will design experiments to analyze the distribution of mtDNA via live and fixed fluorescent microscopy in mouse embryonic fibroblast cells. The position requires strong tissue culture skills to execute these experiments. The candidate will then summarize data and prepare figures to write manuscripts for publication. Additionally, the candidate will spend about 30% of their time in a lab management role mentoring undergraduates and maintaining lab supplies and equipment, among other miscellaneous tasks. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated, responsible individual with strong interpersonal, communication and time management skills. 


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor degree in biochemistry, cell biology or a related field with a minimum of two years experience in related laboratory research. Experience handling mammalian cells in tissue culture to analyze mitochondria phenotypes via microscopy. Must have experience performing live cell fluorescent microscopy and subsequent quantitative analysis in Nikon Elements in addition to basic biochemistry techniques. Must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data to archive, label and document data for publication, proposals and presentations. Must be familiar with ordering laboratory supplies. 


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, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01618

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.

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