Junior Specialist in Orthopaedic Research

24 May 2018 10:43 AM | Anonymous

Junior Specialist in Orthopaedic Research – McNary Lab

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist.

Research Activity

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator the Junior Specialist will support the mission of the laboratory and perform basic science and translational research into articular cartilage tissue engineering, biotribology, and biomechanics and contribute to study design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation and submission. Research duties will involve cell and tissue culture, tissue dissection of bovine stifle joints, histology and immunohistochemistry, biochemistry methods, protein purification, immunoblotting, biomechanical testing and characterization. The Junior Specialist will collaborate with the Principal Investigator, graduate students, and other laboratory personnel in the design, performance, analysis, and publication of research activities involving articular cartilage tissue engineering, biotribology, and biomechanics. The Junior Specialist will also assist with the preparation of extramural grant proposals, purchasing, laboratory safety compliance, and maintenance of the laboratory facilities and equipment.

Professional Competence:

The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to attend a musculoskeletal tissue focused conference, such as the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), as a presenter if their research is accepted for a poster or podium presentation, pending available funding.

The Junior Specialist may seek membership in professional societies such as the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) or Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and participate in the society's annual meeting, and various seminars/webinars on career development, mentoring, and professional development.

University and Public Service

The Junior Specialist will be expected to provide mentorship and guidance to graduate students, undergraduate students, and laboratory.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering/biomedical engineering, molecular and cellular biology, and related fields or a combination of education and experience
  • Laboratory experience in cell and tissue culture and in vitro, benchtop assays
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Flexibility in work schedule in response to variable demands of research projects
  • Excellent organizational and laboratory notebook-keeping skills
  • Ability to learn new tasks/assays, adapt to protocol-specific requirements and techniques, and follow laboratory safety rules and regulations
  • Ability to lift lab equipment and chemicals weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Good manual dexterity to handle delicate laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Ability to work in areas where hazardous chemicals are present
  • Ability to assist with the preparation of extramural grant proposals, purchasing, laboratory safety compliance, and maintenance of the laboratory facilities and equipment.

Additional qualifications:

  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed, and travel between Sacramento and Davis campus locations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience and ability to perform biomechanical testing.

Term of appointment:

12 month term appointment from start date at 100% time (full time).

For full consideration, qualified applicants should upload a CV and contact information for at least three references by May 25, 2018 at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02184. This posting will remain open until filled through June 30, 2019.

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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