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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 – 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. 

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.