Junior Specialist - Denicol Lab,

Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 10th, 2016
Next review date: October 25th, 2016
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: December 31st, 2016
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.



Junior Specialist – Denicol Lab, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

Recruitment Period
Open date: 10/10/16
Next review date: 10/25/16
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration.
Final date: position open until filled.
Applications received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Denicol lab in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis is currently seeking for a qualified and motivated Junior Specialist, 43% time for a period of 12 months, renewable based on performance.


This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in animal reproduction with emphasis on stem cell and gamete biology (oogenesis/folliculogenesis), and embryology. The successful candidate will participate in research projects in the laboratory and at the farm. The successful candidate will also be expected and encouraged to be significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results; to participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, presenting data at lab meetings, department seminars or annual conferences, and publishing manuscripts. General responsibilities include: laboratory maintenance, including safety data sheets and chemical inventory, and ordering of supplies; conduct of research in the laboratory; data collection in an organized manner, and basic data analysis; and support in farm research projects. The Junior Specialist will work closely with the PI and have regular meetings to discuss laboratory and research topics and plan activities. The ideal candidate will be a motivated individual; have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.


  • Bachelor degree in Animal Science or a related field [with a minimum of 1 year experience in laboratory research].
  • Skills in molecular biology; knowledge on PCR and real-time PCR, nucleic acid isolation and handling; gel electrophoresis; primer design and optimization.
  • Skills in cell biology; knowledge of cell culture and aseptic technique.
  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint); input and basic analysis of data on Excel.
  • Ability to order supplies and maintain laboratory;
  • Motivation to learn and perform laboratory as well as basic farm research activities. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Background knowledge in animal reproduction and/or embryology;
  • Experience handling cattle and other livestock species. SALARY RANGE: Step I - $37,548 [100% annual] or Step II - $40,044 [100% annual]), commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon
availability of funding. The posting will remain open until December 31, 2016 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 43% time for duration of 12 months and possibility of renewal based on performance and funding.
TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01293. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a statement of research interests, and curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for two references or two letters of recommendation. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.
QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Anna Denicol: acdenicol@ucdavis.edu
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Job location

Davis, CA

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/positions/index.html



  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research Interest

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.


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