Junior Specialist in Plant Biology

University of California Davis College of Biological Sciences

United States

Junior Specialist - Maldonado Lab 2022

Job #JPF05309
  • PLANT BIOLOGY / COLLEGE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: October 24, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 9, 2022 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 Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a Junior Specialist in biochemistry and structural biology to join the lab of Dr. María Maldonado.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Research (80%): This position will entail carrying out mitochondrial isolation and the purification of membrane-protein complexes performing biochemical, biophysical and molecular assays to understand the structure of function of respiratory complexes in photosynthetic organisms. The candidate will develop protocols and optimize conditions for protein stabilization in solution and develop protocols for the purification of intact respiratory complexes and supercomplexes. Using the purified complex, they will perform quantitative activity assays and single-particle cryogenic electron microscopy experiments. The candidate will summarize data, prepare figures and have the opportunity to assist in writing manuscripts for publication and grant proposals.

University and Public Service (20%): The candidate will present their research in weekly laboratory meetings. The candidate will oversee orientation and training of incoming lab personnel as needed. The candidate also will be responsible for ordering lab supplies, maintaining equipment, overseeing lab safety as well as other lab management duties as needed.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry or structural, molecular or cellular biology or related field. Candidate must be able to keep a complete and detailed laboratory notebook of experimental procedures and data and to archive and document reagents and data for publications, grant proposals, and/or presentations. Solid organizational and communication skills are a must. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication and decision-making skills and the ability to work well both independently and as a part of a team.

Preferred qualifications

Prior experience in lab management and mentoring trainees. Previous experience or coursework in plant biochemistry, algal culturing or enzyme kinetics.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • 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.
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05309

Help contact: araymos@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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 at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

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