Junior Specialist in Cancer Biology
University of California Davis Department of Surgical and Radiology Sciences
United States

Junior Specialist - in Cancer Biology

Job #JPF06204

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $4,275.00 per month, at step 1.

Application Window

Open date: December 14, 2023

Next review date: Tuesday, Jan 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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 Surgical & Radiology Sciences at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a full-time Junior Specialist position (1-2 available positions). The successful candidate/s will be actively engaged in research on comparative and translational oncology with special focus on the p53 family proteins under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI).


Research Activity (85%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development on investigating the mechanism of tumor suppressor, p53 and its related family proteins, p63 and p73 in tumor suppression, by using human cell lines and mouse models. The candidate will help design and execute studies in consultation with the PI involving molecular biology, tissue culture, and dissection of animal specimens. They will assist in the collection and summarizing of data involving biochemical and histologic assays to characterize human cancer cell line and mouse tissues. General responsibilities in addition to performing experiments include: helping with ordering and restocking laboratory supplies, cleaning, maintenance of instruments, and record keeping.

Publication (5%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
The candidate will participate in seminar series, professional societies and conferences appropriate to the candidate’s specific field. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

III. University and Public Service 5%
The candidate may engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates should have bachelor degree in biology or related area.
Knowledge of laboratory safety practices.
Basic computer skills such as Word and Excel.
Ability to work independently.

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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06204

Help contact: mdpennington@ucdavis.edu

About UC Davis

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

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.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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