The Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California Davis, School of Medicine, invites applications for a qualified Assistant Specialist to work 65 % time under the direction of Dr. Andreas Bumler. The resulting hire will be at the Assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.
The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding.
This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in bacterial pathogenesis for 50% of the time. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, research on molecular aspects of bacterial pathogenesis, performing molecular techniques such as RNA/DNA extraction, Real Time PCR Assays, subcloning DNA fragments into vectors, transforming bacteria, plating bacteria for quantitation, running protein gels and Western blots, providing assistance in tissue processing, participation in animal studies, performing immunochemistry and imaging and cell culture. The candidate must have prior experience working with conventional and Germ-free mice. Skills to isolate neutrophils, perform infection assays and work with bacterial samples to analyze microbiota are desired. The candidate will participate in performing or assisting in experiments to generate data, perform data analysis, and will receive training by post-doctoral fellows, senior researchers, and the principal investigator. The candidate will participate in the design, collection, and interpretation of data and evaluation of the information in order to consult with the PI and senior researchers.
5% of the duties involve laboratory maintenance and regulatory compliance, including assisting senior researchers in the preparation of BUA and animal use protocols, maintenance of lab safety protocols, preparation of bacterial cell culture plates, management of specimen inventory, data input and storage, and maintaining an inventory of supplies and placing requests for orders to the business office.
5% of the duties will involve Professional Competence and the candidate will be expected to attend lab meetings and when appropriate, present data to their laboratory peers and will contribute to scholarly articles by providing their research findings, data, and write-ups on the work performed and may participate in writing manuscript portions in relation to their research findings. The candidate will review scholarly literature to improve or learn about methods that are needed for ongoing projects and will participate in local conferences and joint lab meetings. The candidate will also provide University/public service (5% effort) by providing mentorship of undergraduate students, guiding them in laboratory safety and training in work and data analysis.
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.