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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

The University of California Davis is one of the premier centers for scientific excellence in the nation and is consistently ranked as one of the very best public universities worldwide. Faculty at UC Davis are engaged in cutting edge research across a wide range of disciplines in the Life Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Within the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (NPB), faculty are engaged in internationally renowned research into in the areas of metabolism, exercise and neuroscience. Our mission is to increase our understanding of basic physiology and to build on this knowledge to find cures to conditions that affect people. The Department of NPB is currently seeking a highly motivated individual for a new Postdoctoral Research Associate position.


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work in the Islet Biology Laboratory headed by Dr. Mark O. Huising in the area of islet cell maturation and paracrine crosstalk within the islet (see Huising Lab for details). The project revolves around the contribution of pancreatic delta cells to the control of glucagon secretion from healthy pancreatic islets and during conditions of diabetes. To this end, you will observe islet cell behavior over time using confocal microscopy and follow up your observations observations using continuous glucose monitoring in mouse models.


This work requires the isolation of islets from mice and/or rats and the procurement of human islets from approved repositories, followed by their culture in vitro prior to the acquisition of functional readouts by the measurement of hormone secretion or calcium responses. It is expected that a significant amount of effort can be expended towards the continued development of tools and techniques the increase the quality and rate of data collection from intact islets. Extensive experience and expertise in islet biology and primary cell culture are required, experience with peptide hormone signaling, small rodent models and confocal microscopy will be viewed favorably. You are expected to contribute to and enhance our highly collaborative research environment.


Applicants should be able to demonstrate motivation, independence, inquisitiveness, and a strong work ethic. Teamwork and collaboration will be critical for success in this position. Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are essential. Remuneration commensurate with experience in accordance with NIH guidelines for postdoctoral research associates. Your primary worksite location is 180 Briggs Hall, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA.

 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Must have a PhD in Biology, Physiology and be < 5 years from receipt of PhD. • Experience in the field of diabetes and/or pancreatic islet biology expected.
• Proficiency with routine molecular and histological techniques is expected.
• Prior knowledge and experience in the isolation and culture of mouse islets would be helpful
• Proficiency handling rodents, maintaining transgenic mouse colonies and conducting routine experiments such as glucose tolerance tests and minor surgical procedures on mice would be viewed favorably.
• Experience with confocal microscopy of live or fixed specimens will be viewed favorably.

 

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

Open until filled, but all application materials must be received by November 30th, 2018 to be assured full consideration.

 

TO APPLY:

Candidates should email their curriculum vitae with publications record and a cover letter detailing the scientific skills outlined above, understanding of our science, alignment of your career goals and position, and contact information for three references to: mhuising@ucdavis.edu.

 

QUESTIONS:

Administrative contact: Mark Huising

 

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 – PSYCHOSIS STUDY TECHNICAL

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist (JPF02193) to serve as a technically-oriented junior specialist 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 be fundamentally involved in the planning and execution of this newly funded research project. The incumbant will work collaboratively with the PI to identify the steps necessary to implement technical aspects of the research project, which includes using knowledge of programming and neuroimaging to help develop, test, and implement measures for use in the study. These measures will need to be developed and optimized for use in EEG and fMRI aspects of the study. Studies of this magnitude often require thinking creatively to design a protocol that can accommodate the study population, in this case individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The incumbent will be expected to be an active member of the research team in creatively adapting the protocol, which may include developing new experiments or modifying existing experiments and documenting changes as appropriate. Furthermore, the incumbent will 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 assist the PI in many aspects of the research study and work independently under supervision of the PI to insure adherence to study protocols, which includes executing and training others in the execution of EEG and fMRI tasks, as well as thinking creatively to develop tools that can be used to analyze and present the data. The incumbent will also assist in data management, as it pertains directly to the execution of the research project. The incumbent will contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts and will be acknowledged with authorship or in the acknowledgement section, as appropriate based upon the work completed. 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%)

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work 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. Authorship order will be determined based on the effort contributed to the presentation. 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

 

STRONGLY PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Previous programming experience and/or coursework (e.g., shell scripting, Matlab, python, Eprime)
• 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 QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Previous experience working with adolescents and young adults with psychiatric disorders.

 

SALARY RANGE:

Step I - $38,112 [100% annual] or Step II - $40,656 [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, 2019 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. 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.  Applicants should also submit a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to wmjoiner@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 Coordinator

JUNIOR SPECIALIST – PSYCHOSIS STUDY COORDINATOR

 The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist (JPF02192) 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 be fundamentally involved in the planning and execution of this newly funded research project. The incumbant will work collaboratively with the PI to identify the steps necessary to implement the research project, which includes IRB submission, identification and development of measures for use in the study, and successful implementation of those measures in the study itself. Furthermore, the incumbent will 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. Studies of this magnitude often require thinking creatively to design a protocol that can accommodate the study population, in this case individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The incumbent will be expected to be an active member of the research team in creatively adapting the protocol and documenting changes as appropriate. The incumbent 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, which includes consent procedures, clinical interviewing, and behavioral testing. The incumbent will assist in data management, as it pertains directly to the execution of the research project. The incumbent will contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts and will be acknowledged with authorship or in the acknowledgement section, as appropriate based upon the work completed. 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%)
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work 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. Authorship order will be determined based on the effort contributed to the presentation. 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
• 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 - $38,112 [100% annual] or Step II - $40,656 [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, 2019 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. 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.  Applicants should also submit a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

 

QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to wmjoiner@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. 

NPB Junior Specialist

Junior Specialist Trimmer Lab

 The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist  (JPF02446) in general support of molecular and cell biology projects related to study of function of brain neurons.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

Research (95%): This position requires creative contributions to an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of molecular neurobiology. The candidate will help to determine research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. She/he will design and spearhead specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques and to document and organize the results in preparation of scientific publications or grant proposals. The candidate will perform RNA extraction, library generation, phage display selection, antibody characterization, PCR, Gibson assembly, ligations, transformations, minipreps, maxipreps, agarose gel electrophoresis, and sequence analysis as related to generation and characterization of recombinant antibodies and nanobodies. This position also entails the subsequent extensive use of these antibodies in novel cell biological, immunohistochemical and biochemical analyses of the target proteins in the nervous system. This position includes playing an extensive role in experimental design, in executing experiments with attention to detail, in interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments, as well as trouble-shooting any experimental problems. Experience in cell biology, biochemistry and cell culture required, as well as an affinity for a variety of microscopy-based imaging techniques. Excellence in standard laboratory techniques (recombinant DNA manipulation, protein purification and electrophoresis, immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry) and a strong work ethic are expected. This position also involves interaction with lab members to assess and address research priorities and needs across the group, and presentation/participation in group meetings.

This position requires careful attention to detail, including accurate and comprehensive documentation of results in databases that are critical for subsequent experiments. This position also requires significant involvement in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. The ideal candidate will have strong logistical skills, be able to prioritize projects, make efficient use of time and have the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced research lab.

Service (5%): Candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab, join the Society for Neuroscience, attend conferences, participate and contribute to departmental and college seminars, journal clubs, and other activities, as applicable.

 
 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Bachelor degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Neurobiology or related discipline

 

 ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Basic laboratory skills such as pipetting, sterile technique related to mammalian cell culture, protein biochemistry procedures, and skills related to immunoassays such as immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting

• Ability to use manual and automated liquid-handling equipment and its associated hardware and software

• Ability to follow standard operating procedures as well as to recognize problems to discuss and troubleshoot with other laboratory personnel when necessary

• Excellent time management, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills

• Skills to perform accurate mathematical calculations, to practice precise laboratory techniques, to manage laboratory supplies and equipment and to keep neat and accurate records of all experimental details

• Knowledge of and experience with laboratory safety and EH&S hazardous biological and chemical safety requirements. 

• Broad knowledge and understanding of solution chemistry, pH buffers, weights and osmolarity, as well as scientific knowledge at the general level.
 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

Prior lab experience using techniques described above, specifically:

• Background in molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology and in modern recombinant DNA techniques, cell biological and protein techniques, and in immunoassays.

• Ability to train and supervise student assistants to properly perform laboratory procedures and experiments

 

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 September 30, 2019 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. Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable. Applicants should also submit a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

 
QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to jtlab@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 - Molecular, Cellular, Microcopy-based, and Physiological Experiments

Junior Specialist
 

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist (JPF02335) to serve in general support of molecular, cellular, microcopy-based, and physiological experiments related to the study of skeletal muscle.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

Research (90%)
This position requires creative contributions to a new research program investigating topics in skeletal muscle physiology, with an emphasis on fibrosis within muscular dystrophies. The candidate will assist in determining research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. S/he will spearhead specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques and the documentation and organization of results in preparation of scientific publication or grant proposals. The candidate will train and coordinate the activities of a pool of undergraduate students regarding the technical aspects of the research, to include: colony management, PCR-based genotyping, cell culture, trouble-shooting issues, interpreting results, and planning follow-up experiments. S/he will be responsible for lab upkeep, including ordering of consumables and ensuring the lab is a clean and safe place to work. The candidate will receive specific training for duties required. Experience in muscle physiology, cell culture, microscopy, or animal handling will be considered a bonus. Skill in standard laboratory techniques, quality communication skills, and a strong work ethic are expected.

Professional Competence (5%)
The candidate will be expected to actively contribute to weekly lab meetings and present in that forum an average of 2 times per year on research progress. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to actively contribute in journal clubs designed to discuss an appropriate scientific publication related to lab research. The candidate is encouraged to attend seminars, present research outside the lab setting, and interact with professional interest groups. The candidate will be allowed to engage in public outreach activities that include presenting research results to the public.

Service (5%)
The incumbent will act as a mentor for undergraduate volunteers in the lab, and provide training in lab procedures.

 

 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  
  • BS degree in biosciences related discipline
  • Experience in standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, making solutions, etc)

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Excellent organization skills and precise execution of experimental protocols
  • Strong work ethic, quality communication skills, and a positive team player
  • Willingness to work with and handle mouse model systems
 
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  
  • Experience in skeletal muscle physiology
  • Experience in mouse handling
  • Affinity and experience with a range of microscopy-based imaging techniques
  • Skills in basic cell culture

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 madecontingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until December 31, 2018 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. 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 Prof. Lucas Smith.

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.