Junior Specialist in Ophthalmology
University of California Davis School of Medicine
United States

Junior Specialist- Zawadzki

Job #JPF03899

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 11th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Feb 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 31, 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.


Junior Specialist Position
Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
UC DavisĀ 

The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a fulltime Junior Specialist (BS-level research assistant) to work in the Laboratory of Robert J. Zawadzki, Ph.D., principal investigator on translational research projects involving retinal cell biology, nanotechnology, and ophthalmic imaging.

More information about the principal investigator can be found at:

https://health.ucdavis.edu/publish/providerbio/eyecenter/1125 .

The laboratory is located in Tupper Hall on the UC Davis campus.

Responsibilities of this position will include planning, execution and presentation of research on mouse retinal imaging. A successful candidate will participate in lab activities, particularly around issues of image acquisition, processing and innovative programming for data acquisition and processing. For example, the incumbent will help with in vivo and ex vivo mouse retinal imaging as well as with selection of retinal areas for testing. This will be done in collaboration with PIs specializing in specific mouse models. Creative solutions will be required to image retinal layers below regions that have been compromised by retina degeneration. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills in communication and writing; as well as the ability to work independently or in a team.
This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in future careers in science, technology or medicine to gain experience in a stimulating and interactive laboratory environment.

Recruitment Description/

The incumbent will participate in planning, execution, and presentation of experiments involving, histology and animal imaging. The incumbent will also participate in lab activities, assist with maintenance of equipment and supplies, in addition to administrative duties involving safety protocols and allocation of grant funds to ensure cost-effectiveness of the research.

He/She will prepare manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator. Manuscript preparation will include reviewing relevant literature, describing methods and results used to acquire the data, presenting and analyzing data retrieved, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how they fit in the current understanding of the field.

Depending on the interest and availability of funds, the Junior Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The incumbent will also assist the principal investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies as well as lab meetings with other investigators.

The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate students from UC Davis. He/She will actively contribute to lab activities through staff meetings and presentations to colleagues and researchers from various scientific communities.

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in future careers in science or medicine to gain experience in a stimulating and interactive lab environment. UC Davis School of Medicine offers a solid benefits package and the opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists in a cutting-edge setting.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor degree by the start of employment with a strong undergraduate background in science, prior laboratory research experience, have a demonstrated ability to work independently, taking initiative, making critical decision and communication of ideas. Preferred qualifications include some computer science or programming skills and experience with lab animal handling.

For full consideration, applications must be received by December 31, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through January 31, 2021.

Qualified applicants should apply online at UC
Recruit: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF03899. Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for up to 3 references.

Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please direct questions to Gina McDuff at gamcduff@ucdavis.edu

UC 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.

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 UCSC 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 and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/). If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Job location

Davis, CA


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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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