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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  (JPF01646) 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 troubleshooting 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

• 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 - $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 September 30, 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.  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. 

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.