Junior Specialist

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

Position Description

The Junior Specialists will be actively involved in studies focusing on questions in cell, molecular, and developmental biology. Candidates will be expected to devote 30 hours per week to research. Research (95%) may involve laboratory work, computation, data analysis, participating in laboratory group and other meetings, and assisting with writing manuscripts for publication. The Junior Specialist will assist the PI or other academic members of the lab in areas such as study design, collecting and interpreting data, and revising plans for future experiments. University Service (5%) includes mentoring undergraduates or others in the lab.

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 a citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • 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, or come from a disadvantaged background.
  • intend to pursue doctoral study in the biomedical sciences, i.e., a PhD, MD/PhD, DDS/PhD, or DVM/PhD degree.
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. 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.

Salary Range

Step I - $46,800 [100% annual] or Step II - $49,800 [100% annual], 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, 2022.

Term of Appointment

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

To Apply

To apply, please go to the following link:


Applicants should submit the following materials.

  • Statement of Purpose, 3 single-spaced pages maximum. In this statement of purpose, please describe your past research experience (if you have not done research, describe an experiment or project from a class), current scientific interests, career goals, and tell us how your life experiences have brought you to apply to PREP@UCD. Include in a separate paragraph a brief statement that specifies how you satisfy the NIH eligibility criteria described at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html [be a member of a group underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences: (a) individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, i.e., African American, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; (b) have a documented disability; or (c) come from a disadvantaged background, with reference to the specific NIH criteria for this]
  • 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. For students currently enrolled in classes, please provide transcripts with grades through the end of Fall 2021. For students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, please include a final transcript.
  • List of five PREP@UCD faculty with whom you would like to work, followed by a one-line description of how you learned about 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. 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 Carole Hom at: clhom@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:


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