Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Junior Specialist, Dept of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Shah lab
Open date: March 11, 2019 Last review date: March 25, 2019 Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: April 8, 2019 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
DESCRIPTION The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist in general support of molecular, biochemical, and cell biology projects related to the flavivirus research using a cell culture and zebrafish models.
Research (90%): This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in immunology and brain development in the context of flavivirus infections. The research uses cell lines and zebrafish models for studying flavivirus-host protein interactions and their consequences virus replication, host immunity and brain development. General responsibilities will involve basic molecular and cellular biology techniques such as nucleic acid isolation, PCR, DNA/protein gel electrophoresis, gene cloning, flavivirus infection/replication assays and zebrafish genotyping. Responsibilities will also include general laboratory maintenance such as cleaning glassware, autoclaving materials, ordering supplies, preparation of solutions and media, maintenance of cell cultures, and maintenance of frozen stocks of cells and plasmids. The ideal candidate will perform experiments under the supervision of the PI or postdoc. He/she is expected to familiarize themselves with the current state of knowledge in the field by reading background literature, including that suggested by supervisors and relevant independent study. He/she will also learn and interpret protocols from the literature to adapt and help develop our own protocols. They are expected to understand the rationale and hypotheses being tested. He/she will discuss experimental design prior to performing experiments and then perform experiments. Once trained, he/she is expected to work independently for basic techniques and protocols.
He/she should work semi-independently, planning their own work schedule and many experiments, with oversight by the PI. He/she will be expected to participate in the design of the experimental plan and individual experiments. He/she will keep a detailed laboratory notebook including experimental procedures and results. He/she will participate in internal campus seminar series and laboratory research meetings, presenting in both. He/she may be able to participate in and present research results, either short oral presentation or a poster presentation, in local external scientific meetings on campus or in California. He/she will organize and summarize final data in graphical and/or tabular form for publications, grant proposals, and publications. He/she will participate in the writing of research results for publication by writing sections of the manuscript and helping edit the manuscript.
Service (10%): The successful candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduate student researchers. These students would typically help with basic lab tasks and complete small research projects closely related to their own research. The candidate would be expected to assist with their training and discuss experiments with them. He/she will also help train visiting students and/or scholars.
Bachelor degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or a related field with a minimum of one year experience in laboratory research.
Requires demonstrated experience and expertise in PCR, molecular cloning, agarose gel electrophoresis, sequence analysis, protein analysis, SDS gels/immunoblotting, zebrafish rearing, zebrafish genotyping and general lab maintenance.
Preference given to applicants with additional demonstrated experience and expertise in molecular, cell and animal biology particularly in gene cloning and zebrafish techniques.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, up to two years. Appointments may be made up to 100%.
TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02461 Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this position, and a curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information for at least two references. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
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