Junior Specialist Position Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science UC Davis School of Medicine
The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the UC Davis School of Medicine seeks a full-time Junior Specialist.
The purpose of this position is to provide support, coordination, and leadership for the research studies of Dr. Ala Moshiri MD Ph.D., preferably for a 2-year commitment. The Moshiri lab wishes to fill this position as soon as possible. The incumbent will be expected to perform experiments with transgenic mice, molecular biology, and cell culture, and analyze and prepare data for both oral presentations and publications in scientific journals.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, or a related field with a minimum of one year of experience in undergraduate laboratory research. Preferred qualifications include experience with lab animal (rodent) handling.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently. There is a significant bioinformatic component to the research projects using genetic data sets from mice and humans. A background in data analysis, statistics, and genomics is preferred. A background in vision science is beneficial, but not required.
The incumbent will participate in the following duties:
Research (90%): Under the general direction of the PI:
Bioinformatic analysis of publicly available genomic data sets of human and mouse tissues.
Genotyping and maintaining multiple mouse colonies using basic DNA isolation and PCR.
Dissection of mouse ocular tissues, embedding, sectioning, staining slides with antibodies (immunohistochemistry), fluorescent microscopy.
Stem cell propagation and retinal organoid differentiation in tissue culture systems.
DNA/RNA preps, qPCR, and other assays depending on the project.
Help with lab maintenance, including staying compliant with safety standards and inspections, ordering lab supplies, as well as completing paperwork.
Prepares manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator.
Professional Competence (5%):
The candidate will be expected to attend symposia and conferences, and participate in and contribute to departmental and other seminars, journal clubs, and other activities, as applicable. The incumbent will present research at regional and appropriate national meetings such as ARVO and AAO. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral format.
University and Public Service (5%):
Candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates in the lab, and participate in and contribute to laboratory and group meetings and other activities, as applicable.
As a full-time research group member, this position includes being responsible for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training, and mentoring.
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