The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Silverman Lab.
This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in behavioral and translational neuroscience. Successful candidates will also participate in career building opportunities. MAJOR RESPONSIBLITIES The incumbent for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in behavioral and translational neuroscience using rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work with several preclinical models of rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorders and contribute to translational science. The incumbent will provide technical support and will actively participate in the research for grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and the RDM Positive Impact foundation for studies of SYNGAP1. The incumbent will contribute to maintaining efficient laboratory workflows, grant writing, and manuscript preparation.
General responsibilities include: I. RESEARCH ACTIVITY (90% EFFORT)
Breeding of genetically modified mice and basic rodent husbandry.
Collecting tissue from genetic mouse and rat models.
Collect in vivo behavioral outcome measures in genetic mouse and rat models.
Genotyping subjects with a high level of knowledge of DNA extraction and PCR procedures as well as troubleshooting.
Analyzing behavioral and biological data.
Harvest rodent brain tissue.
Data management, processing, and statistical analysis of experimental data.
Writing experimental methods, data graphics, and statistical software.
Work with PI to track grant budgets.
Take regular inventory of supplies, prepare orders, and keep track of purchases.
Keep administration paperwork for laboratory safety and animal care and use records.
Prepare for laboratory inspections and liaison with inspectors.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5% EFFORT)
Participate in lab meetings by sharing and discussing data and journal articles.
Preparation of data as figures for grant applications and for publication.
Review of research proposals, journal manuscripts, and other publications.
Present research at local and/or international scientific conferences (at the discretion of the PI).
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
Liaison with funding agencies and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.