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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. 

Postdoctoral Scholar in Pancreatic Islet Biology - Huising Lab

Postdoctoral Scholar in Pancreatic Islet Biology

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Postdoctoral Scholar in Pancreatic Islet Biology. 


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 highly motivated individuals for a 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 www.huisinglab.com for details). Possible projects revolve around 1) the contribution of pancreatic delta cells to the control of glucagon and insulin secretion from healthy pancreatic islets and during conditions of diabetes an 2) the processes that determine the fate and function of beta cells in health and disease. To this end, you will observe islet cell behavior over time using confocal microscopy and follow up your observations by mechanistic studies in state-of-the-art mouse models and approaches such as continuous glucose monitoring. 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.
 
SALARY RANGE:

Step I - $52,896 [100% annual] to Step V - $61,308 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

The posting will remain open until February 15th, 2020.

 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:

Up to 5 years. Appointments may be made up to 100%. 
 

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:

Please direct questions to Prof. 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.