Junior Specialist

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for two Junior Specialist in molecular and cellular genetics

Position Description

Research (80%): Research in the laboratory uses Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system to study the migration and positioning of nuclei. See Cain et al (2018) Current Biology and https://starr.faculty.ucdavis.edu/ for a review of the work that the lab focuses on. Research aspects of this job will be using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to engineer C. elegans strains to test how the LINC complex and microtubule motors are regulated to move nuclei. Genome editing, worm strain maintenance and crossing, and live microscopy will be the primary approaches to study nuclear migration throughput development. The position will provide ample opportunities to learn a variety of new techniques.

Service (20%): The candidate will spend time in a lab management role pertaining to lab safety and compliance, including training of new lab members, as well as mentoring undergraduate students. Finally, the candidate will summarize data, prepare figures, and assist writing manuscripts for publication and grant proposals, as well as presenting their research in regular group meetings.

Basic Qualifications

B.A./B.S. degree in Molecular Cellular Biology or closely related field as well as a high degree of interest in using genetic and imaging methods to study underlying mechanisms of development in C. elegans. Previous laboratory experience with a model organism is required. Experience in CRISPR/Cas9 editing is preferred. Although not required, experience working with C. elegans is desirable. You must be highly organized, motivated, and have the ability to ultimately conduct thoughtful, independent experiments. Once proficient at a technique, you must have the communication skills to teach such techniques to others in the lab.


Salary Range

Step I $42,300 [100% annual]

Position Available - Closing Date

The position will begin September 1, 2020. For full consideration, applications should be received by May 28, 2020.

Term of Appointment

One year with the possibility of a second year based on the needs of the research project.

To Apply

Qualified applicants should upload a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, and curriculum vitae. Applicants should also provide contact information for two references. via this URL:


All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

For more information about the department, please visit the website: http://www.mcb.ucdavis.edu/


Please direct questions to Dr. Dan Starr at: dastarr@ucdavis.edu


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