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Junior Specialist - Griffith Lab at University of California - Davis in Davis, California

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:


Open date: October 15th, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 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 Physiology and Membrane Biology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire one employee as a Junior Specialist in Dr. Theanne Griffith s laboratory. This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in sensory neuroscience and somatosensation.

Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:

This position requires interest in investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms of transmission of somatosensory information in both health and disease. Our ability to accurately encode our signals from our external environment, such as temperature, touch, and itch, are critical for survival. Furthermore, aberrant sensory signaling is associated with various pathological states and neurodevelopmental disorders. The Junior Specialist is required to work closely with the Principle Investigator (PI), Dr. Theanne Griffith, to develop and set research goals and objectives, respectively.

Experimental procedures performed by the Junior Specialist include transgenic mouse management, genotyping of mice, in situ hybridizations, immunohistochemistry, primary neuronal cultures of sensory neurons for in vitro studies, dissections, mouse behavior, calcium imaging, and electrophysiology. The Junior Specialist with work with the PI on experimental design but will be expected to carry out research projects independently with the expectation that their results will lead to publication.

This position also involves presenting and participating in group meetings, reviewing journal articles, engaging in scholarly discussions of research, critical and creative thinking, and providing mentorship to more junior colleagues. Additionally, the position also requires careful attention to detail, including accurate and reproducible data analysis and faithful documentation of results. The ideal candidate will be motivated, have strong logistical and time-management skills, and be willing to work collaboratively with other team members.

The Junior Specialist will attend conferences, both regional and national, participate in departmental and other relevant seminar series, journal clubs, and other pertinent activities. The Junior Specialist will be a member of the Society for Neuroscience.

The candidate will be expected to mentor junior lab members, actively participate in laboratory and group meetings and other activities, as applicable.

* Currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology or Neuroscience
* Basic laboratory skills related to cellular and molecular neuroscience (i.e., immunohistochemistry, behavioral analysis, and imaging)
* Quantitative skills required for data analysis
* Excellent science communication skills
* Demonstrated experience serving as a mentor or teaching assistant to undergraduates
* The ability to work well independently and as a team
* Display strong interpersonal and decision-making skills, organizational skills, and accurate record keeping capabilities
* Experience with laboratory safety and willingness to adhere to EH&S hazardous biological and chemical safety requirements
* A commitment to follow all laboratory standard operating procedures, proactively identify and address issues and/or troubleshoot with other laboratory personnel when necessary

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-Time (100%) appointment, initial appointment is for 12 months. Short term (up to two years), reappointment is pending satisfactory performance, needs of the research project, and sufficient funding.

To apply, please go to the following link: For full considerations applications must be completed by October 29, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2021.

Qualified applicants should submit:
* Cover letter specific to this position (Generic cover letters that do not summarize the applicant s specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable)
* CV
* Research Statement
* Unofficial Transcripts
* Contact information for 3 references

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Document requirements


Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter - Generic cover letters that do not summarize the applicant s specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable

Statement of Research

* Unofficial Transcripts

Reference requirements

* 3 required (contact information only)