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Endowed Chair in Physiology

Endowed Chair in Physiology  


 The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for the Endowed Chair in Physiology (JPF01478).  
 
Candidates for the Endowed Chair in Physiology must be an established scientist who possess scholarly distinction and national or international recognition, highly meritorious service, and evidence of excellent university teaching, who is engaged in physiological research (non-plant, non-microbial), and who holds a faculty position in the College of Biological Sciences at the rank of Professor.  The area of physiological sciences is defined broadly to include the study of functions of cells, tissues, organ systems, and/or organisms, with a focus on regulation and underlying mechanisms. 
 
The initial term of the Endowed Chair is for five years, with the option of reappointment per regularly established University procedures for endowed chair/professorship appointments (APM 191, UCD 191). The endowment pay out will support the chair’s efforts in research, teaching and service and further the mission of the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and the campus.  It is expected that the holder of the endowed chair will advance at least normally through the faculty ranks on the basis of his/her scholarly activities, teaching, University and public service. 
 
In addition, the holder of the Endowed Chair is expected to: 
 
• Engage in teaching and scholarly activities focused in the area of Physiology. 
 
• Teach one full course a year at the undergraduate level in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and the equivalent of one-half of an addition course, which can be in whole or in part at the undergraduate or graduate level.    
 
• Conduct research on physiological processes and perform service to the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and the broader community in which it is situated. 
 
• Provide leadership in the area of physiological processes and be fully engaged in activities in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. 
 
• Enhance the academic and intellectual life of the campus as a whole. 
 
Because this is an internal search for the endowed chair, all members of the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior will be allowed to nominate others. 
 
Applicants should submit materials online.  Please include a curriculum vitae, a 1 page statement of the relevance of the nominee’s/candidate’s research to physiology. Closing date: open until filled, but all application materials must be received July 19, 2017 by to be assured full consideration.

Administrative contact: Dianna 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. 

Tenure Track Faculty Position: Skeletal Muscle Physiology

Tenure Track Faculty Position: Skeletal Muscle Physiology

 

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Skeletal Muscle Physiology at the Assistant Professor level.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

The appointee will be expected to carry out high-quality research in the area of physiology or metabolism of skeletal muscle consistent with the broad goals of the Department of NPB. The appointee will be required to teach undergraduate courses in the departmental undergraduate curriculum, graduate courses, and other courses in their specialty as appropriate.  Candidates whose research program integrates basic biology with applied clinical applications will have the potential for a joint Assistant Professor in Residence appointment with the UC Davis School of Medicine.

The Department has grown steadily since its inception in 1993 to include 32 ladder rank faculty who conduct research encompassing a general theme of integrative animal biology, ranging from cell and molecular to organismal and behavioral levels of analysis. The Department is especially seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their nontraditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education, especially in the sciences. We are also particularly interested in applicants with a commitment to mentorship and to increasing the diversity of the scientific workforce.  

 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or M.D. degree with significant post-doctoral experience. 

 

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

Open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by November 1, 2017 to be assured full consideration.

 

TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit materials online. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, descriptions of current research (up to 2 pages) and future research program (up to 3 pages), a one-page summary of teaching interests and experience, a diversity statement, and three publications. Applicants should also arrange to have three referees submit supporting letters online at the above website.

 

QUESTIONS:

Administrative contact: Dianna Smith

Faculty contact: Keith Baar

 

The University of California, Davis, and the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
 
UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments

Tenure Track Faculty Position: Motor Control

Neural Mechanisms of Motor Control


The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Motor Control at the Assistant Professor level. This position is part of a recently approved hiring initiative in the general area of neuro-engineering, brain-machine interfaces, and prosthetic devices. The appointee will be expected to carry out high-quality research in the area of motor control consistent with the broad goals of the Department. The appointee will be required to teach undergraduate courses in the departmental undergraduate curriculum, graduate courses, and other courses in their specialty as appropriate. Candidates whose research program integrates biological experimentation with computational modeling are especially encouraged to apply. Based on research focus, the position has the potential for a joint Assistant Professor in Residence appointment with the UC Davis School of Medicine.

 

The Department has grown steadily since its inception in 1993 to include 33 ladder rank faculty who conduct research encompassing a general theme of integrative animal biology, ranging from cell and molecular to organismal and behavioral levels of analysis. The Department is especially seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education, especially in the sciences. We are actively seeking faculty who aspire to educate a student body rich in diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, first-generation students, socioeconomic status, and academic interests.

 

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or M.D. degree with significant post-doctoral experience. Applicants should submit materials online at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01233. Please include a curriculum vitae, descriptions of current research (up to 2 pages) and future research program (up to 3 pages), a one-page summary of teaching interests and experience, a diversity statement, and three publications. Applicants should also arrange to have three referees submit supporting letters online at the above website. Closing date: open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by December 5, 2016 to be assured full consideration. Administrative contact: Dianna Smith; Faculty contacts: Jochen Ditterich and Marty Usrey, NPBSearch@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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

 

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments.
See: http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/wl-brochure.pdf.

 

UC Davis has another Hiring Investment Program on the way to build further strength in the area of Computational Sciences, including Computational Neuroscience. For information, please visit http://comphip2016.ucdavis.edu/.

Assistant Specialist Position Nord Neurogenomics Lab

Assistant Specialist Position Nord Neurogenomics Lab

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for an Assistant Specialist position in the Nord Neurogenomics Lab.  

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION: 

The Assistant Specialist will act as lab manager and experienced technician in the Nord Lab at the Center for Neuroscience.  The appointee will be expected to have substantial prior experience in the areas of molecular genetics/genomics and neuroscience as well as in lab management.  Candidates are especially encouraged to apply with previous experience in DNA cloning and preparation of plasmids/viral constructs, DNA delivery to cell lines and animal models, epigenetic and genomic assays, mouse husbandry, and management of a molecular biology lab (protocol development, safety and training, budget, SOPs, website and outreach management).  

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

Candidates should have previous experience and coursework training in genetics and epigenetics and neuroscience, as well as a history of contribution to science (e.g. peer-reviewed publications and presentations at major conferences), excellent oral, written and organizational skill and strong time management skills. Candidates must possess a MS degree or a minimum of five years of experience in molecular biology research, have experience as technician/manager in a molecular biology lab and expertise in cell culture, molecular biology, and flow cytometry.  

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

Open until filled, but all application materials must be received by August 7, 2017 to be assured full consideration.

TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit materials online. Please include a curriculum vitae listing publications and conference presentations, as well as a description of past research experience in the specific areas described above (up to 1 page) and contact information for 3 references. 

QUESTIONS:

Administrative contact: Dianna Smith.

Faculty contact: Alex Nord.   
 
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. 


UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments.
 

NPB Junior Specialist

Junior Specialist Non-Exempt Trimmer Lab

 The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist Non-Exempt (JPF01507) in general support of molecular and cell biology projects related to study of function of brain neurons.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

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 propagate existing hybridoma cell lines to produce monoclonal antibodies, to process and affinity purify antibodies from existing polyclonal antiserum, and to characterize the antibodies produced and to perform other duties related to monoclonal and polyclonal antibody validation. This position also entails the subsequent extensive use of these antibodies in novel 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 (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 antibody 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.  Candidate will be expected to 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

• 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 Neuroscience and in optimizing the use of antibodies in neuroscience-based applications

• Ability to train and supervise student assistants to properly perform laboratory procedures and experiments SALARY RANGE: Step I - $17.99 (hourly) or Step II - $19.18 (hourly), 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 May 15, 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 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. 

Neuromab Molecular Biologist/Biochemist Junior Specialist

Neuromab Molecular Biologist/Biochemist Junior Specialist
 

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist (JPF 01619) in biochemistry and molecular biology.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

This position requires creative contributions to an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of molecular neurobiology. The candidate(s) 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 will document and organize the results in preparation of scientific publications or grant proposals. The candidate(s) will work in the laboratory of Dr. David Wilson, and focus on the design and production of novel recombinant proteins and protein fragments that will be used in the generation and validation of novel monoclonal antibodies by the UC Davis/NIH NeuroMab Facility (neuromab.ucdavis.edu) and novel nanobodies in the laboratory of Dr. James Trimmer. Successful candidate(s) will also participate in protein characterization/quality control using a variety of techniques and should be able to work in close coordination with the monoclonal antibody and nanobody development groups. 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. General responsibilities include: optimization of E. coli cell culture, development/improvement/use of protein purification protocols, maintenance of DNA constructs and protein stocks and archives, and presentation and participation in group meetings. This position requires accurate and comprehensive documentation of results in databases which are critical for experiments that are downstream in the pipeline. The ability to train undergraduate assistants in various techniques is also important. The ideal candidate(s) will have strong logistical skills, be able to prioritize projects, make efficient use of time and have the ability to function relatively independently as a liaison between two different labs

 

 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

• Bachelor degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related field.  

• Basic lab skills such as pipetting, agarose and polyacrylamide gels, PCR, E. coli cell culture

• An understanding of protein purification techniques including affinity chromatography

• Ability to use basic bioinformatic tools such as the UniProt database and BLAST

• Ability to design and build prokaryotic expression constructs; analysis of DNA sequencing results

• Excellent communication and social interfacing skills

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

Prior lab experience using techniques described above.

 

SALARY RANGE:

Step I - $17.99 (hourly) or Step II - $19.18 (hourly), 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 May 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. Dave Wilson.

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 Huising Lab

Junior Specialist Non Exempt Huising Lab

 The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist Non-Exempt (JPF01640) in general support of molecular, cellular, microscopy-based and physiological experiments related to the study of diabetes.  
 


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

This position requires creative contributions to an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of islet biology and diabetes. The candidate will help to determine research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she 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 train and coordinate the activities of a pool of undergraduate students regarding the technical aspects of the research, including colony management and PCR-based genotyping, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results, planning follow-up experiments. He/she will be responsible for the upkeep of the lab: ordering consumables, requesting quotes and interacting with company representatives where applicable, and ensuring that the lab is a clean and safe place to work. Experience in islet biology and culture will be considered a bonus, as well as affinity for a variety of microscopy-based imaging techniques. Excellence in standard laboratory techniques (PCR, cloning, DNA and protein electrophoresis) and a strong work ethic are expected.   
 
The candidate will be expected to actively contribute to the weekly lab meeting, and will present to that same forum an average of 2 times a year on the research progress made. Separately, the candidate will lead an average of 2 journal club discussions a year, which requires the selection of an appropriate scientific publication and the discussion of its merit. The candidate will attend seminars and may present research results and is encouraged to interact with professional interest groups. The candidate will be allowed 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 Behiavior, Molecular Biology, Genetics or related disciplines).  Excellent organization skills and precise execution of experiments, strong work ethic, good communication skills, team player. Experience in PCR and standard laboratory techniques. Must be comfortable handling and working with mouse model systems.  
 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

Affinity and experience with a variety of microscopy based imaging techniques preferred.  Experience in islet biology and culture is considered a bonus.  

 

SALARY RANGE:

Step I - $17.99 (hourly) or Step II - $19.18 (hourly), 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 May 15, 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 Dr. 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. 

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior has faculty and staff positions opening up throughout the year. If you are a student looking to apply for a position as a teaching assistant, please visit the TA Application Site.