Assistant Specialist in Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of California Davis School of Medicine
United States

Assistant Specialist

Job #JPF04670

Application Window

Open date: January 19th, 2022

Next review date: Thursday, Jan 27, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 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 Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California Davis, School of Medicine is recruiting for a part-time Assistant Specialist. This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank, so the resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications. The Assistant Specialist will work 65% time under under the direction and supervision of Dr. Andreas Bäumler and have the ability to work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment.

The position of Assistant Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise in the planning and execution of a research project. The Assistant Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Assistant Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Assistant Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Assistant Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria: research, professional competence and activity, and university and public service.

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in bacterial pathogenesis for 50% of the time. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, research on molecular aspects of Salmonella pathogenesis, performing molecular techniques such as RNA/DNA extraction, Real Time PCR Assays, subcloning DNA fragments into vectors, transforming bacteria, plating bacteria for quantitation, and working with bacterial samples in an anaerobic chamber, running protein gels and Western blots, providing assistance in tissue processing, participation in animal studies, performing immunochemistry and imaging and cell culture.

The candidate must have prior experience working with conventional and Germ-free mice. Skills to develop biochemical assays (GC/MS) for detection of short chain fatty acids is preferred. The candidate will participate in performing or assisting in experiments to generate data, perform data analysis, and will receive training by post-doctoral fellows, senior researchers, and the principal investigator. The candidate will participate in the design, collection, and interpretation of data and evaluation of the information in order to consult with the PI and senior researchers.

5% of the duties involve laboratory maintenance and regulatory compliance, including assisting senior researchers in the preparation of BUA and animal use protocols, maintenance of lab safety protocols, preparation of bacterial cell culture plates, management of specimen inventory, data input and storage, and maintaining an inventory of supplies and placing requests for orders to the business office.

5% of the duties will involve Professional Competence and the candidate will be expected to attend lab meetings and when appropriate, present data to their laboratory peers and will contribute to scholarly articles by providing their research findings, data, and write-ups on the work performed and may participate in writing manuscript portions in relation to their research findings. The candidate will review scholarly literature to improve or learn about methods that are needed for ongoing projects and will participate in local conferences and joint lab meetings. The candidate will also provide University/public service (5% effort) by providing mentorship of undergraduate students, guiding them in laboratory safety and training in work and data analysis.

For full consideration, applications should be received by January 27, 2022. However, this position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2022. As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The term of the appointment is short term, based on the needs of the research project.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Master’s degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or a related major with prior laboratory experience; or a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or a related major plus three or more years of research experience.

Preferred qualifications

Coursework and/or experience to perform molecular biology techniques, chemical analysis of short chain fatty acids and to perform germ free murine animal experiments. Computer skills pertaining to scientific data entry and usage. Experience in developing or adapting experimental tools and assays. 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 and will exhibit a professional approach to work and attention to detail.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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 for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
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Campus Information

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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:

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The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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