Junior Specialist Researcher Position in Tian Lab
University of California Davis, Department of Medicine
United States


The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire 1 full-time employee as a Junior Specialist. The candidate will conduct neuroscience related research entitled “Imaging neuromodulation with genetically encoded molecular probes.” The research will involve skills using molecular cloning, protein purification, mammalian and primary cell culture, fluorescence microscopy, as well as statistical, imaging analysis and computer skills. The first phase of project will start on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020.

The candidate is expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:

This position requires creative contributions and collaborative development of an active research program developing molecular probes for imaging neuromodulation in the brain. The primary research project is to develop protein based probes to enable multiplex imaging of neuromodulators. The candidate will screen the intrinsic properties of the sensor in cells to achieve desired properties to match the dynamics of neuromodulators in a variety of brain regions. The candidate will further characterize the sensors thoroughly in hippocampal and midbrain neuronal culture. The candidate will learn recombinant DNA and viral techniques, molecular imaging, and electrical physiology and imaging. The candidate will analyze imaging data, assist postdocs in the lab, as well as develop ownerships of project gradually. The candidate will present research at weekly laboratory meetings and journal clubs to discuss the progress of the research project with the PI. This will include discussion regarding necessary revisions, review and future plans for the experiments of the projects.

The candidate will assist in publishing research results in Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Methods, Nature Communications, eLife, and other outlets with the PI and other members of the research team.

The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

The candidate will participate in society of neuroscience and conferences appropriate to their specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results internally and nationally.


The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.

• Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related field
• Minimum six months of experience working in a cell-culture laboratory setting
• Experience with basic cloning techniques and the necessary biochemistry lab equipment

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-Time (100%) appointment. Initial appointment is for 6 months (short term); reappointment is pending satisfactory performance, needs of the research project, and sufficient funding.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02866. For full considerations applications must be received by June 17, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled through December 31, 2019.

Qualified applicants should submit: 
• Cover letter, please detail your qualifications for this position 
• CV
• Contact information for 2 - 3 professional references

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. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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 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/)


Davis, Ca


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

  • Cover Letter - Please detail your qualifications for this position.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

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