Junior Specialist in Molecular Biology
University of California Davis Biological Sciences
United States

Junior Specialist - Segal Lab Molecular Biologist

Job #JPF03411

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 28th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Mar 13, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, May 29, 2020 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.


Supervisor: Dr. David Segal
Junior Specialist – Molecular Biologist

In direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator(s), this position will be involved in the Angelman syndrome research project, which 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 development and testing of novel molecular constructs based on CRISPR/Cas9 to cause persistent epigenetic changes in gene expression. The constructs will be tested in cell culture and animal models where appropriate. As a member of the research team, work will include construction of molecular clones, RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, DNA Sequencing (Sanger and next-generation sequencing), ChIP-PCR, bisulfite sequencing. Additionally, the candidate will be exposed to technical, scientific and organizational aspects of laboratory function.

The candidate will prepare manuscripts for publications, in collaboration with her/his direct supervisor. Manuscript preparation by the candidate will include reviewing the relevant literature and summarizing these reviews in the introduction, describing results and methods used to acquire the results, presenting and analyzing data obtained by the candidate, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how they fit in the current understanding of the field. Depending on whether the candidate is first or middle author of the manuscript in preparation, she/he will contribute these items for most of the manuscript or only the part contributed.

As a member of the laboratory, the candidate will act as a fully integrated lab member and therefore also participate in routine laboratory tasks that ensures the well-function of the lab as a whole. This could include some of the following: i) inventory, stock and ordering of laboratory supplies and reagents, ii) researching and obtaining bids for new equipment or repair, iii) helping coordinate and organizing laboratory activities such as meetings and common experimental activities.


Depending on 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 candidate will also assist the investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies.


The Junior Specialist will participating in training activities, such as mentoring undergraduate students. They will actively contribute to lab activities via meetings and unit/campus presentations.


BS/BA in Genetics, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or related field. Experience with molecular cloning and mammalian cell culture is required. Experience with gene editing, genomic techniques or bioinformatics is strongly desired.

To Apply: Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact information for 3 references via this URL: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF03411

Questions: Please direct questions to Kahla Wallace: kahwallace@ucdavis.edu

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, 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 http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & 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
  • 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
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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