The Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist.
The research for this position will focus on epigenetic investigations of autism spectrum disorders and possible transgenerational inheritance of epigenetic marks such as DNA methylation. Duties include performing both standard repetitive technical laboratory methods such as DNA isolations and PCR independently, organizing sample information into spreadsheets, and analysis of data under supervision. The candidate will participate in performing or assisting in experiments to generate data and perform data analysis, and will receive training by post‐doctoral fellows, senior researchers, and the principal investigator in order to participate in the design, collection, and interpretation of data by looking at the data gathered from the experiment that has produced the data and evaluate the information in order to consult with the PI and senior researchers. Prior experience in DNA isolation, bisulfite treatment, and PCR is required. Training in institutional policies and procedures in animal care and human subjects is required. The candidate will be expected to attend lab meetings and when appropriate, will present data to their laboratory peers and will contribute to scholarly articles by providing their research findings, data, and write-ups on the work performed and may participate in writing manuscript portions in relation to their research findings. The candidate will review scholarly literature to improve or learn about methods for the project that are needed for ongoing projects and will participate in local conferences and joint lab meetings. The candidate will also provide University/public service by providing support in the over maintenance of the shared equipment in the laboratory and mentor undergraduate students in work and data analysis.
Basic Qualifications: Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or a related field with prior laboratory experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Coursework and/or experience to perform molecular biology techniques. Computer skills pertaining to scientific data entry and usage. Experience in developing or adapting experimental tools and assays. 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 team and will exhibit a professional approach to work and attention to detail.
Salary Range: Step I - $18.26 per hour or Step II - $19.48 per hour, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
For full consideration, qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information For at least three references by June 21, 2018. This position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2019. As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. Documents/materials may be submitted as PDF files via https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02225.
The term of the appointment is short term, based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.
Please direct any questions to April Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org