NATURE AND PURPOSE: The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
l. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREA (90%)
This Assistant Specialist position will engage in research studies in immunology, air pollution, smoking, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma health effects. The applicant must have knowledge of anatomy, biochemistry, and histology (embedding, sectioning and staining). Major responsibilities will be assistance in the collection of biological samples at necropsy, staining tissues, performing immunohistochemistry, using microtome, microscope and imaging, image collection and analysis including statistics. A primary task for this position will be to assist graduate students and undergraduates in ongoing research. Assistance in manuscript preparation will be requested for specific projects in which the Assistant Specialist is engaged under the guidance of the Center Director.
The Specialist will be evaluated based on contributions as designated under the following basic and and required qualifications needed to perform job tasks
ll. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)
Working with researchers to collect data, interpret findings/results, working independently, and as a team to assist with preparation of manuscripts. Review journal articles and discuss the significance of new techniques and other studies reveling similar results related to asthma effects. Assist with training undergraduate students, interact with members of the laboratory enhancing training methodologies, interpersonal, and decision making skills.
lll. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
Ability to present findings at lab meetings and/or conferences after completion of manuscripts. Participate in professional, technical societies or educational research organizations to increase interaction and involvement in groups with similar areas of expertise and interests engaging with others to evolve into professionals.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: A master's degree in forensics, pathology or toxicology and one year experience working in related job field. Experience in the collection and analysis of complex research data for lung tissues using immunohistochemical, histological and photomicropgraphy methods. Experience in carrying out protocols for surgical procedures to identify and collect blood, serum, lung, heart and brain tissues. Experience in the analysis of protein assays, preparation of lung homogenates and ELISA assays. Experience and expertise in molecular and gene expression techniques such as QPCR.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Expertise in Image capture and analysis. Experience in report and manuscript preparation for pulmonary laboratory research. Past experience in the preparation of manuscripts in cardiopulmonary laboratory reseearch.
JOB LOCATION: Center for Health & the Environment, Old Davis, Road.University of California, Davis,
To apply upload a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae and a statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion along with 3 reference names.
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