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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 Specialist (Temporary) – Combes Lab

Postdoctoral Scholar in Pancreatic Islet Biology

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for an Assistant Specialist position in the Combes lab. This is a temporary position of 6-12 months.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE

I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (95% EFFORT)
This position will be focused on performing research activities and training/overseeing student research related to a funded NSF grant on the effects of wing flexibility on flight performance in bees. Research activities will involve: (1) measuring and experimentally manipulating wing flexibility in vivo in bumblebees and blue orchard bees, (2) assessing effects of increased wing stiffness on maneuvering flight performance during tracking behavior in bumblebees, (3) assessing effects of increased wing stiffness on maximum load lifting capacity and energetic cost of flight in blue orchard bees, and (4) assessing effects of wing flexibility on detailed, three-dimensional wing shape changes during flapping flight. In addition to collecting and analyzing data, the position will involve collaborating with the PI and other lab members to write publications and prepare oral presentations related to the research.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (4% EFFORT)
The position may involve participation in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, as appropriate. In addition, the Assistant Specialist may be asked to assist in review of research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (1% EFFORT)
The position may involve maintaining liaisons and responding to the needs of various
industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues
related to area of expertise, as well as participating in activities of committees within the
department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

 

 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in Biology or Engineering, with coursework in both biology and fluid dynamics. In addition, candidate should have a minimum of three years of experience working full-time in the specialized areas of research related to the position. Required skills include previous experience handling and performing behavioral experiments on flying bees, capturing synchronized, multi-camera high-speed videos of flight performance, performing espirometry experiments to measure carbon dioxide output during flight, performing load-lifting experiments to assess maximum force production in flying insects, and experience calibrating and analyzing video data using both Matlab and DeepLabCut. Candidates should also have prior experience presenting their work at national conferences and contributing to or leading the production of manuscripts based on work related to these research areas

 
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE:

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

 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:

Up to 12 months.
 

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. Applicants should submit materials online.

QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to Dr. Combes.

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.