Junior Specialist

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

Position Description

Research and lab maintenance (90%): This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on germ line biology in the nematode C. elegans. The successful candidate will create DNA constructs, introduce DNA constructs in to C. elegans to create new worm strains and analyze germ lines from those strains using fixed and live imagining techniques. The candidate will also be responsible for media and solutions preparations. In addition, the candidate is expected to review the scientific literature, and in conjunction with the Principle investigator formulate new hypotheses, design new experiments to test those hypotheses and conduct the newly designed experiments.

University Service and Professional Development (10%): The candidate will present their research in weekly laboratory meetings. The candidate will spend time in laboratory mentoring role for undergraduate students. The candidate is also expected to engage in, and present their work at, lab and group research meetings, as well as help prepare figures and assist in writing manuscripts for publication, and for reports for grant proposals as needed.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor degree in genetics, cell and molecular biology, or a related field, with a minimum of a year lab experience working with C. elegans. Experience must include molecular biology skills such as PCR and DNA extraction. Must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and be able to document graphic and tabular data for publication, proposals, and/or presentations. Experience with software programs including Excel and sequence programs is a plus. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and the ability to work independently, but also be able to work as part of a team.

Salary Range

Step I - $44,500 [100% annual] or Step II - $47,400 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Available - Closing Date

For full consideration applications should be received by September 22nd, 2020

Term of Appointment

Short term, maximum two-year appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, and curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. 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. JoAnne Engebrecht at: jengebrecht@ucdavis.edu


The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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