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Junior Specialist – Ryan Lab

Junior Specialist – Ryan Lab (JPF02992)

 The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a Junior Specialist (JPF02992) to provide general support in the planning and execution of research projects studying neuroendocrine regulation of systemic metabolism. Candidates may be required to work variable hours on some occasions to meet research needs. In addition, candidates should have the ability to work both independently on certain projects (without day-to-day supervision) as well as work productively with other members of the lab. Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

Research (90%)

In Vivo Physiology
This position requires creative contributions to an active research program investigating topics relevant to neuroendocrine regulation of systemic metabolism. Specifically, our lab is interested in how signals derived from the meals we eat can act on neuroendocrine circuits to alter metabolism. An important goal of this research is to identify new targets for therapeutic intervention in cardiometabolic disease and stress-associated disorders. The Junior Specialist will be actively involved in innovative research that will require the candidate to be informed on current findings in the field. The candidate will be expected to perform reviews of the literature required for the project in question. S/he will assist in determining research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. The Junior Specialist will assist with the execution of rodent metabolism and stress studies including in vivo physiology, pharmacology and behavior. S/he will also assist with and perform specialized rodent surgeries.


Bench/ Wet Lab Analyses
The Junior Specialist will be responsible for many aspects of data collection and analysis. S/he will be responsible for the selection of appropriate methods and techniques and the for the documentation and organization of the project results. Junior Specialist will assist with and perform benchtop analysis of tissues, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
Data Analysis and Assist with Regulatory Compliance


The candidate is expected to be an active member of the research team in creatively adapting the protocol and documenting changes as appropriate. S/he will assist the PI in many aspects of the research study and work independently under supervision of the PI to insure adherence to study protocols. The Junior Specialist will also help maintain and manage small animal breeding colonies; analyze findings under supervision; assist with regulatory compliance. S/he will be responsible for lab upkeep, including ordering of consumables and ensuring the lab is a clean and safe place to work.

Professional Competence (5%)
The Junior Specialist is expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings and monthly journal club presentations designed to discuss an appropriate scientific publication related to lab research. The candidate will also be expected to read research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.


University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will train and coordinate the activities of the laboratory undergraduate students regarding the technical aspects of the research, which includes colony management, PCR-based genotyping, trouble-shooting issues, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments.

 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Bachelor’s degree in biosciences related discipline
• Experience in standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, making solutions, etc)

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Good organization skills and precise execution of experimental protocols.

 

SALARY RANGE:

Step I - $39,500 [100% annual] or Step II - $42,100 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until June 30, 2020 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of a Junior Specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.

 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:

Short term, up to two years. Appointments may be made up to 100%. 
 

TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit materials online. Qualified applicants should upload (a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable).

 

QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to kkryan@ucdavis.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy. Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available USCIS E-Verify.  
 
UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department. 

Junior Specialist – Psychosis Study Technical

Junior Specialist Position

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for qualified Junior Specialists (JPF03559) to serve as technically-oriented junior specialists for the Defining the Neural Circuitry of Agency Deficits in Psychotic Disorders study at the UC Davis Medical Center.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

Research (90%)

This study is under the direction of Dr. Wilsaan Joiner and in collaboration with Dr. Cameron Carter’s Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) Laboratory. The goal of the study is to use tools from cognitive neuroscience to explore how disruptions in a person’s ability to distinguish external versus self-initiated actions may influence visual perception and contribute to positive symptoms of psychosis (e.g., hallucinations and delusions). The incumbent will benefit from the opportunity to take part in research that spans two laboratories with expertise in sensorimotor integration and psychosis. Office space and the majority of daily research activities will take place at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center in Sacramento with weekly visits to the Sensorimotor Integration Laboratory in Davis.


The incumbent will coordinate many aspects of the research study. The incumbant will use knowledge of mental health conditions to conduct phone evaluations to determine study eligibility of potential participants. The incumbant will also consent study participants and schedule all of their research appointments. The incumbent will conduct clinical interviews for research purposes under the supervision of a faculty member and will conduct behavioral testing sessions. The incumbent will manage the study IRB protocols, adhering strictly to privacy and confidentiality laws. The incumbent will also manage data collection and organization, including mentoring undergraduate volunteers in the input of data to multiple databases. The incumbent will be expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help RAs develop their career goals. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, and review literature for manuscript preparation. The incumbent will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with PI and others in the lab.

Professional Competence (5%)

This position requires strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. The incumbent may have the opportunity to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as Society for Neuroscience (if funding is available). The incumbent is expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help incumbents develop their career goals. The incumbent will also participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and/or review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

Service (5%)

The incumbent will act as a mentor for undergraduate volunteers in the lab, and provide training in lab procedures.

 
 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  
  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or a related field
  • Experience collecting and organizing data
  • Experience working in a team-oriented research environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple work demands simultaneously
 
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Previous programming experience and/or coursework (e.g., shell scripting, Matlab, python, E-prime)
  • Previous experience with Linux/Unix-based computers
  • Previous experience and/or coursework in neuroimaging data collection and analysis (e.g. scanning, SPM, FSL, AFNI)
PREFERRED
 
  •  Previous experience working with adolescents and young adults with psychiatric disorders.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

As openings occur, appointments are madecontingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until April 30, 2021 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of
a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.

 

SALARY RANGE

Step I - $42,300 [100% annual] or Step II - $45,100 [100% annual],
commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:

Short term, up to two years. Appointments may be made up to 100%. 
 

TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit materials online. Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable. Documents/materials must
be submitted as PDF files.

 
QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to Dr. Wilsaan Joiner.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy. Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available USCIS E-Verify.  
 
UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department. 

Junior Specialist – Psychosis Study Coordinator

Junior Specialist
 

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for qualified Junior Specialists (JPF03555) to serve as the study coordinator for the Defining the Neural Circuitry of Agency Deficits in Psychotic Disorders study at UC Davis Medical Center.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

Research (90%)This study is under the direction of Dr. Wilsaan Joiner and in collaboration with Dr. Cameron Carter’s Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) Laboratory. The goal of the study is to use tools from cognitive neuroscience to explore how disruptions in a person’s ability to distinguish external versus self-initiated actions may influence visual perception and contribute to positive symptoms of psychosis (e.g., hallucinations and delusions). The incumbent will benefit from the opportunity to take part in research that spans two laboratories with expertise in sensorimotor integration and psychosis. Office space and the majority of daily research activities will take place at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center in Sacramento with weekly visits to the Sensorimotor Integration Laboratory in Davis.


The incumbent will coordinate many aspects of the research study. The incumbant will use knowledge of mental health conditions to conduct phone evaluations to determine study eligibility of potential participants. The incumbant will also consent study participants and schedule all of their research appointments. The incumbent will conduct clinical interviews for research purposes under the supervision of a faculty member and will conduct behavioral testing sessions. The incumbent will manage the study IRB protocols, adhering strictly to privacy and confidentiality laws. The incumbent will also manage data collection and organization, including mentoring undergraduate volunteers in the input of data to multiple databases. The incumbent will be expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help RAs develop their career goals. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, and review literature for manuscript preparation. The incumbent will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with PI and others in the lab.

Professional Competence (5%)

This position requires strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. The incumbent may have the opportunity to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as Society for Neuroscience (if funding is available). The incumbent is expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help incumbents develop their career goals. The incumbent will also participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and/or review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

Service (5%)

The incumbent will act as a mentor for undergraduate volunteers in the lab, and provide training in lab procedures.

 

 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  
  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience or a related field

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience collecting and organizing data
  • Scheduling and/or calendaring experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple work demands simultaneously
  • Experience working in a team-oriented research environment
 
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  
  •  Previous experience working with adolescents and young adults with psychiatric disorders
  •  Fluency in Spanish (oral & written)

SALARY RANGE:

Step I - Step I - $42,300 [100% annual] or Step II - $45,100 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until April 30, 2021 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.

 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:

Short term, up to two years. Appointments may be part time (50%) up to full time (100)%.

TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit materials online. Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to Dr. Wilsaan Joiner.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy. Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available USCIS E-Verify.  
 
UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.