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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. 

Assistant Project Scientist Position Goldman Lab

Assistant Project Scientist Position Goldman Lab

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for an Assistant Project Scientist position (JPF03002) in the Goldman lab.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in her/his academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc.), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90% EFFORT)Research activity
This position requires creative contributions and collaborative development of an active research program examining mechanisms underlying learning, memory and motor control. The primary goal of the research project is to develop and construct neural circuit models that help explain neural activity measured using electrophysiological and optical imaging techniques. The candidate will use advanced methods from adaptive control theory and statistical mechanics to build novel models that will give a deep understanding of how motor control functions are adaptively tuned using biologically plausible learning rules. The candidate will simulate the models and will analyze them using analytical methods. Expertise with the literature on oculomotor cerebellar circuits and functions is required.

The candidate is also required to devise algorithms and statistical methods to analyze electrophysiological/optical neural recordings of biological preparations obtained from collaborators.

Publication
The candidate will present research results in conferences and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PIs or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition
The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components, as needed.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10% EFFORT)

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field of neuroscience and may serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.
When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

 

 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

Candidates must possess a PhD with a focus on computational neuroscience and 5 or more years of postdoctoral experience in computational modeling of neural circuits, MATLAB/Python programming and analytical calculations. Additional requirements include strong analytical and computational skills demonstrated by a strong publication record; ability to use advance methods from control theory and statistical mechanics to derive and analyze circuit models for tuning motor control performance; fluency with programming languages such as MATLAB or python; expertise with neural data analysis and knowledge of the literature on oculomotor-related brain areas of the cerebellum and of zebrafish. Expertise in control theory as the candidate will develop novel theories on the role of the cerebellum in tuning motor control performance

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

All application materials must be received by September 9, 2019 to be assured full consideration.

TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit materials online. Qualified applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, a description of past research experience (up to 2 pages) and a personal statement including future research interests (if hired into this position) and career goals (up to 2 pages) and contact information for 3 references

QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to msgoldman!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. 

 

Assistant Project Scientist Position

Assistant Project Scientist Position

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for 1-2 Assistant Project Scientist positions in the Zito lab.

 

NATURE AND PURPOSE:

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in her/his academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc.), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (95% EFFORT)

Research activity
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research areas of neuronal development and plasticity. The candidate will determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. She/he will design and spearhead specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. The candidate will supervise technicians and mentor graduate students regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results, planning follow-up experiments, and publication strategies. Experience with calcium imaging and patch-clamp electrophysiology is required. Experience with voltage imaging, working with a custom two-photon microscope, and using MATLAB is preferred. Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills and a strong work ethic are expected.

Publication
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition
The candidate will apply for grants both independently and in conjunction with the Principal Investigator.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5% EFFORT)
The candidate will present research results regularly at laboratory meetings, joint group meetings, and local conferences. The candidate will be encouraged participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will participate in professional development seminars and activities.

 
 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field. Successful applicants are expected to have a minimum of 5 years of experience as a postdoctoral fellow.

 

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

Open until filled, but all application materials must be received by July 10, 2019 to be assured full consideration.

 
TERM OF APPOINTMENT:

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

TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit materials online. Please include a curriculum vitae, a description of past research experience (up to 2 pages) and a personal statement including future research interests (if hired into this position) and career goals (up to 2 pages) and contact information for 3 references.

 
QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to Karen Zito

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 – Hedrick Lab

Junior Specialist
 

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist (JPF02520) in general support of experiments related to the study of the animal personality and the evolution of animal behavior (crickets).


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

Research (90%)
This position requires creative contributions to an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of animal personality. The candidate will help to determine research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will aid in designing and spearheading 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 train and coordinate the activities of a pool of undergraduate students regarding the technical aspects of the research, including colony management, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results, and helping to plan follow-up experiments. He/she will be responsible for the upkeep of the lab including animal maintenance when necessary (and/or managing undergraduates to do this), ordering consumables, requesting quotes, and ensuring that the lab is a clean and safe place to work. Experience in insect culture and biology will be considered a bonus, as well as affinity for topics in evolution and behavior. Excellence in standard laboratory techniques, use of computers and a very strong work ethic are expected.

Professional Competence (5%)
The candidate will be expected to actively contribute to all lab meetings, and will present to that same forum on the research progress made. The candidate will attend seminars and may present research results and is encouraged to interact with professional interest groups.

Service (5%)
The candidate will be encouraged, when appropriate, to engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public.

 

 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  
  • BS degree (disciplines could include Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics or related disciplines)

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  •  Excellent organization skills and precise execution of experiments
  •  Strong work ethic
  •  Good communication skills
  •  Team player
  •  Ability to work independently
  •  Experience with standard laboratory techniques
  •  Must be comfortable handling and working with crickets
 
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  
  •  Experience working with insects.
  •  Knowledge of basic animal behavior.
  •  Strong computer skills with ability to learn new software.
  •  Some knowledge of audio recording and sound analysis would be helpful.

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 October 31, 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 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. Ann Hedrick.

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 - Smith Lab

Junior Specialist
 

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist (JPF02808) 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 September, 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.  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.