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POST DATE 11/16/2019
END DATE 12/1/2019

University of California-Davis Davis, CA

Davis, CA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree



Open date: November 15th, 2019
Next review date: Friday, Nov 29, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: Friday, Nov 29, 2019 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.


Full-time Junior Specialist Position
Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis

A 100% time junior specialist position is available in the Trainor lab starting January 2020. The successful candidate will participate in a research program examining neurobiological mechanisms underlying stress-induced behavioral phenotypes. Responsibilities may include conducting stereotaxic surgeries, performing rodent behavior experiments, immunohistochemistry, real-time PCR, or immunoblotting experiments. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Basic qualifications include a bachelor degree in psychology or biological sciences with a minimum of 1 year experience working in a research lab. Prior experience handling rodents is preferred, specific projects are flexible based on prior experience. Starting salary for 100% appointment is $39,500/year. Applicants must be able to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings or weekends.
Responsibilities will include:
Developing research materials (20%)
* Develop new protocols for behavioral or neurobiological experiments. These duties involve creative and scholarly input which will have a direct impact on the experimental design for example, developing a new immunohistochemistry protocol with input from other lab members.
Activities Related to the Dissemination of Research (20%)
* Participate in weekly discussions of relevant literature, and conduct literature reviews relevant to the work being conducted
* Conduct independent data analysis.
* Contribute to the writing and preparation of manuscripts for publication.
Undergraduate research assistant training and mentoring 20%)
* Train and mentor undergraduate students on data collection and safety protocols. This will provide a university service in that they will be actively facilitating the participation of undergraduate students in research activities.
Conducting research (40%)
* Conducting rodent behavioral experiments
* Conducting wet lab analyses of brain samples including immunohistochemistry or gene expression analysis
* Conducting or assisting with rodent stereotaxic surgical procedures

Position qualifications include:
Required: Bachelor s degree in Psychology or Biological Sciences. Prior experience with immunohistochemistry and rodent behavioral testing is required.
Preferred: Prior experience leading rodent behavioral experiments independently.
Salary: Step I - $39,500/year
If hired, a background check is required.
This posting will remain open until November 29, 2019. To apply, please go to the following link:
Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest describing relevant skills and a resume. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for 1-2 references (reference letters are not required at this time).
Questions: Please direct questions to
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* Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
* Cover Letter Outline your relevant experience and skills; Explain your interest in the position; Indicate your future career/professional development goals
* Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.
Contact information for 1-2 references (no letters required at this time)


Document requirements


Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

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 for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements

* 1-2 required (contact information only)