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Junior Specialist - Zhan Lab at University of California - Davis in Oakland, California

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Type: Full Time

Job Description:


Open date: February 13th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Feb 28, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.


The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Davis, invites applicants for a Junior Specialist position. The Junior Specialist will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in the neurosciences at the M.I.N.D. Institute.

The position will be supported by Dr. Zhan's California Department of Public Health funded grants. The successful candidate will be exposed to a variety of neurological disorders including patients with stroke, TIA, seizures, migraine, neurocognitive disorders and will work closely with study neurologists and research investigators.

General responsibilities include laboratory assistance for sample and tissue processing related to human and animal neuroscience research; this includes isolation, quantification, and quality control of RNA/DNA from human blood samples, maintenance of sample inventory and histological preparation of animal tissues. They will furthermore be responsible for maintaining the laboratory s safety and training documentation as needed and instructed by her/his supervisor, Dr. Xinhua Zhan. Additionally, the junior specialist will ensure compliance with university-stipulated safety standards.

The successful candidate will engage in research and professional competence activities with the Project Investigator(s) such as peer-reviewed publications, grant proposals, research reports and talk/poster presentations. The candidate will participate in all lab meetings, discussing ongoing and future projects with clinical and research faculty and staff. The candidate will attend discussions with collaborators such as weekly journal clubs, Neurology Grand Rounds, conferences and other relevant presentations. In addition, the candidate will be expected to provide University and public service by assisting in the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students on lab operations.

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.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's 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 to the ability to work occasional weekend hours for management of experiments.

Preferred Qualifications:
Proficient in nucleic acid and protein processing and handling. Organizational, database, and inventorial skills. Experience in quality control assays and processes. Experience in 96-format plate assays and multichannel pipetting. experience in tissue sectioning and slide mounting. Experience in data recording and record keeping. Experience and comfort in rodent handling. Experience with universal precautions for handling human samples. Basic laboratory proficiency (e.g., solutions, weighing, pipetting, etc.)

Appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The term of this appointment is short term, based on the needs of the research projects. The appointment will be 60% time, with the possibility of increasing to 100% time based on the availability of funds.

To apply, please go to the following link:

To receive full consideration, applications must be received by February 16 , 2020. However, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2020. Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for at least 2 references.

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Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

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