Junior Researcher in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

University of California Davis College of Biological Sciences

Junior Specialist (Heyer Lab)

Job #JPF06282

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300.

Application Window

Open date: January 25, 2024

Next review date: Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, May 31, 2024 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.

Position description

Research (95%)
The Jr. Specialist will participate in publishable research on the mechanisms of recombinational DNA repair. This individual is expected to employ biochemistry to purify recombinant proteins and conduct human and insect cell culture for the production of human proteins. Full training will be provided. Techniques employed include but are not limited to, protein purification from bacteria, yeast, insect cells and human cells; insect cell and human cell culture. Additional duties include general laboratory maintenance such as cleaning and sterilizing glassware, media and solution preparation, and maintenance of databases.

The Jr. Specialist will perform experiments under the direct supervision of the lab manager and postdoctoral scientists. They are expected to familiarize themselves with the current literature and techniques in the field. The Jr. Specialist is expected to understand the experimental rationale and hypotheses being tested, and to discuss details of experimental design with their supervisors prior to performing experiments.

Once trained, this individual is expected to work independently on basic experiments and lab duties.

Overall, the Jr. Specialist should work semi-independently, planning their own work schedule and experiments, with guidance and oversight by their direct supervisors and the PI. They will keep a detailed laboratory electronic notebook including all experimental procedures and data. They will attend relevant internal campus seminar series and laboratory research meetings, where they will be expected to present their work. The Jr. Specialist will also have opportunities to participate in research conferences. They will organize and summarize final data in graphical and/or tabular form for presentation, publications, and grant proposals. They will also contribute to the writing and editing of manuscripts.

Service (5%)
The Jr. Specialist will be expected to contribute to the overall running of the laboratory and participation in shared tasks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences (or expected to obtain Bachelor’s degree by start date)

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Laboratory experience in one or more of the following: molecular biology, biochemistry, expertise in protein purification and/or cell culture

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested. (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06282

Help contact: ogilbertson@ucdavis.edu

About UC Davis

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Job location

Davis, CA