Junior Specialist Position Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science UC Davis School of Medicine
The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Junior Specialist. The purpose of this position is to provide support, coordination and leadership for research studies of Dr. Ala Moshiri. The position requires an individual with a background in molecular and cell biology and experience with studying mechanisms of retinal photoreceptor function in both in vitro and animal models. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently. The incumbent will also be expected to analyze and prepare data for both oral presentations and publications in scientific journals.
The incumbent will participate in genotyping and maintaining multiple mouse colonies, DNA isolation, PCR, tissue extraction as well as staining slides with antibodies (immunohistochemistry). The incumbent will also be involved with tissue culture, DNA/RNA preps, qPCR, and other assays depending on the project. Along with research, the incumbent will also help with lab maintenance. This includes staying compliant with safety standards and inspections, ordering lab supplies, as well as completing paperwork. He/She will prepare manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator. Manuscript preparation will include reviewing relevant literature, describing methods and results used to acquire the data, presenting and analyzing data retrieved, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how the fit in the current understanding of the field.
Depending on the interest and availability of funds, the Junior Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The incumbent will also assist the principal investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies as well as lab meetings with other investigators.
The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate students from UC Davis. He/She will actively contribute to lab activities through staff meetings and presentations to colleagues and researchers from various scientific communities.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or a related field with a minimum of one year experience in undergraduate laboratory research, a demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, make critical decisions and communicate ideas. In addition, the ability to work occasional weekend hours for management of experiments. Preferred qualifications include computer science or programming skills and experience with lab animal handling.
For full consideration, applications must be received by October 30, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through November 30, 2020. Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF03841. Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for up to 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please direct questions to Gina McDuff @email@example.com.
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