The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist to work in a research program studying glial biology and neuroscience. The junior specialist will work with team members in the study of oligodendrocyte biology and myelination. The goal of the laboratory is to identify novel pathways controlling myelination/remyelination with the eventual goal to develop clinical therapies directing at myelin restoration. Current areas of investigation include molecular mechanisms controlling oligodendrocyte development, differentiation, myelination, and remyelination. The selected junior specialist will participate in the design and implementation of laboratory experimental studies. Junior specialists will also be responsible for lab organization and data management. The junior specialist will assist with the performance of experiments involving primary cell culture and mouse models (genetic knockout and disease models of demyelination). Selected candidates will also be expected to assist with the maintenance of colonies of genetic strains of mice. Previous experience with cell culture, rodent handling, molecular biology techniques (PCR, western blot), immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy are a plus.
The selected candidate will be expected to contribute to academic publications published in peer-reviewed journals, participate in lab meetings, and attend relevant talks/meetings. The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to read recent literature and develop new hypotheses, and they will have opportunities to present research findings at local and broader scientific conferences. The junior specialist will be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants that rotate through the lab. The ideal candidate should possess strong communication and decision-making skills, a strong interest in Neuroscience, and must be able to work well independently and as part of a team.
Research and Professional Competence (90% effort)
Provide support to research staff to enroll, track and follow research study patients Identifysubjects for the studies including stroke and hemorrhage patients and controls Obtain consentson all subjects and draw bloods
Interact with patients in hospital or clinic, including acute stroke situations
Process blood samples as needed for each study protocol
Enter subject data into our established database and update it as needed provide support to research staff to provide study data or supplies
Oganize study documents
Attend teleconferences, study monitoring visits, audits, etc.
Assist CRC with maintenance of regulatory documents and correspondence
Assist CRC with IRB and SAE paperwork as needed
Engage in academic activities such as peer-reviewed publications, grant proposals, research reports. and talk/poster presentations
Participate in all lab meetings, discussing ongoing and future projects with clinical andresearch faculty and staff
Attend discussions with collaborators such as weekly journal clubs, Neurology Grand Rounds, and other relevant presentations
University and Public Service (10% effort)
Present at local forums
Mentor undergraduate and graduate students and educate them on how to operate in the lab
Bachelor's degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, Behavior, Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Psychology, or a related field.
Strong background in neurobiology and science.
Great communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently, take initiative
Possesses critical problem-solving skills and a positive attitude
Ability to thrive in a collaborative program
Organizational skills and systems
Ability to work full-time, though ideal candidates wanting part-time positions will be considered
1-2 years' experience in a lab setting
Experience with rodent handling
Prior experience with cell culture, specifically primary cell culture
Familiarity with molecular biologic techniques, such as PCR or western blot
Prior experience with immunohistochemistry and/or electron microscopy
For full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through December 31, 2021. Qualified applicants should apply online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04482. Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information 2 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please direct questions to Joe Valadez @[email protected].
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