Assistant Specialist in Biological Sciences
University of California Davis
United States

Assistant Specialist-Segal Lab

Job #JPF03946

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 11th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Feb 26, 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.



Location: UC Davis main campus


An Assistant Specialist position is available in the lab of Dr. David J. Segal ( The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide expertise, facilitate teamwork, develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, and supply input into the planning and conduct of research. Specialists are not expected to have their own independent research program and hence do not have principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator status by virtue of title. While not an expectation, Specialists may request PI status as an exception to policy and/or may collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding.

An Assistant Specialist appointee should possess expertise consistent with four to six years of training and/or experience in the relevant area of research and specialization. Appropriate qualifications for appointees at this rank would include possession of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or possession of a relevant Bachelor’s degree plus three or more years of research experience. The Assistant Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion every two years using the three basic criteria outlined below.

Research in a Specialized Area (85%)

In direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator, this position will be involved in the use of rodent models of neurologic disorders to evaluate novel molecular therapies. In particular, the Angelman syndrome research project focuses on developing therapeutics based on gene and epigenome editing tools to treat Angelman syndrome and related neurologic disorders. The candidate will specifically participate in the testing of novel molecular constructs based on zinc fingers, TALEs, or CRISPR/Cas9 in mouse and rat animal models of Angelman syndrome. As a member of the research team, work will include injections of protein, virus, and cell-based therapeutics, necropsy, tissue sectioning, immunostaining, genotyping, and breeding of rodents. The candidate will also assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publications, in collaboration with her/his direct supervisor, describing results and methods used to acquire the results, presenting and analyzing data obtained by the candidate, and constructing clear and informative figures.

Professional Competence (10%)

Depending on interest and availability of funds, the Assistant Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The candidate will also assist the investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies, participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organization, and review research proposals, journal manuscripts and publications related to the area of expertise.

University and Public Service (5%)

The Assistant Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring undergraduate students. They will actively contribute to lab activities via meetings and unit/campus presentations. The Assistant Specialist may maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to the area of expertise.


The applicant must have a MS degree in Pharmacology, Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience or related discipline involving the use of rodent animal models, or possession of a relevant Bachelor’s degree plus three or more years of research experience. Experience performing husbandry, breeding practices, post-operative care, behavioral monitoring, and surgical procedures in an ABSL2 mouse vivarium. Experience testing molecular therapies (nucleic acids, proteins, viral vectors, lipo-particles) in animal models of neurologic disorders.

How To Apply:

Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Statement of Research, and contact information for 3 references via this URL:

Initial reviews of applications will begin on 02/26/2021.

Questions: Please direct questions to Kahla Wallace:

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, and 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

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus ( 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
  • 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
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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