Junior Specialist in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

University of California Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

United States

Junior Specialist 2021 (Kaplan Lab)

Job #JPF04073

Application Window

Open date: March 30th, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

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


Research: 95%:

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions regarding cancer cell signaling as it relates to genome integrity and cell stress responses. The candidate will create novel yeast strains expressing protein tags to monitor autophagy and chromosome stability, including membrane trafficking, protein and organelle turnover and repetitive DNA elements. A working knowledge of how to quantify fluorescence signals and basic cellular physiology is required. The position also requires maintaining lab stocks, organizing and storing yeast strains as well as general lab upkeep. 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. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

University and Public Service (5%):

The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring undergraduate students. They will actively contribute to lab activities via meetings and unit/campus presentations.


Bachelor’s degree in cell or molecular biology with coursework in cellular signaling pathways as well as drug-target interactions.
Experience in using molecular genetic techniques to create gene deletions and protein fusions in yeast chromosomes. The candidate must have experience with live-cell microscopy, using fluorescence imaging to analyze protein localization and levels. Maintaining a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive, label and document graphic and tabular data for publication, proposals, and/or presentations.

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

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration applications should be received by April 12th, 2021.

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: To apply, please go to the following link:


Applicants should submit a cover letter, research statement describing their research experience and skills, curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for two references. 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

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Ken Kaplan, kbkaplan@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.
• 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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
• UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/). If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
Job location
  • Davis, CA

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