Researcher in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of California Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Junior Specialist - Silverman Lab

Job #JPF04364

Application Window

Open date: August 30th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Sep 13, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 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

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Silverman Lab.

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in behavioral and translational neuroscience. Succ


essful candidates will also participate in career building opportunities.


The incumbent for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in behavioral and translational neuroscience using rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work with several preclinical models of rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorders and contribute to translational science. The incumbent will provide technical support and will actively participate in the research for grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and the RDM Positive Impact foundation for studies of SYNGAP1. The incumbent will contribute to maintaining efficient laboratory workflows, grant writing, and manuscript preparation.

General responsibilities include:


  • Breeding of genetically modified mice and basic rodent husbandry.
  • Collecting tissue from genetic mouse and rat models.
  • Collect in vivo behavioral outcome measures in genetic mouse and rat models.
  • Genotyping subjects with a high level of knowledge of DNA extraction and PCR procedures as well as troubleshooting.
  • Analyzing behavioral and biological data.
  • Harvest rodent brain tissue.
  • Data management, processing, and statistical analysis of experimental data.
  • Writing experimental methods, data graphics, and statistical software.
  • Work with PI to track grant budgets.
  • Take regular inventory of supplies, prepare orders, and keep track of purchases.
  • Keep administration paperwork for laboratory safety and animal care and use records.
  • Prepare for laboratory inspections and liaison with inspectors.


  • Participate in lab meetings by sharing and discussing data and journal articles.
  • Preparation of data as figures for grant applications and for publication.
  • Review of research proposals, journal manuscripts, and other publications.
  • Present research at local and/or international scientific conferences (at the discretion of the PI).


  • Liaison with funding agencies and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Demonstrated skills in rodent husbandry of genetically manipulated animal models and excellent rodent handling skills.
Significant experience in colony management, tissue collection, genotyping, PCR, and rodent behavioral testing.
Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, organization and preparation, ability to work in a demanding environment are essential.
Ability to travel and perform experiments within laboratories in Sacramento and Davis.
Extended hours of in vivo data collection.
Ability to score behavioral videos and observe seizure events for extended period of time.
Computer skills using word processing and Microsoft suite.
Superior attention to detail and diligent recordkeeping.
Ability to independently and proactively research information that will allow for forward progress and problem solve in the laboratory.
Flexibility with time and research project focus areas.
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a fast-paced, interdisciplinary team.

Preferred qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree in a biological science, or related field.
    • Background in chemistry (e.g., preparing and diluting analytical reagents, use of analytical laboratory equipment, sterile technique).
    • Proficiency with statistical and graphing software (GraphPad Prism).
    • Pharmacological injection skills (e.g., intraperitoneal, tail vein).
    • Experience collecting mouse cerebrospinal fluid and brain tissue.
    • Experience with Western blots and rodent touchscreen assays.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Sacramento, CA