The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a full time Junior Specialist to work in the Laboratory of Robert J. Zawadzki, Ph.D., principal investigator on translational research projects involving retinal cell biology, nanotechnology, and ophthalmic imaging.
More information about the principal investigator can be found at:
The laboratory is located in Tupper Hall on the UC Davis campus.
Responsibilities of this position will include planning, execution and presentation of research on mouse retinal imaging. The incumbent will participate in lab activities, particularly around issues of image acquisition, processing and innovative programming for data acquisition and processing. For example, the incumbent will help with in vivo and ex vivo mouse retinal imaging as well as with selection of retinal areas for testing. This will be done in collaboration with PIs specializing in specific mouse models. Creative solutions will be required to image retinal layers below regions that have been compromised by retina degeneration. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills in communication and writing; as well as the ability to work independently or in a team. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in future careers in science, technology or medicine to gain experience in a stimulating and interactive laboratory environment.
The incumbent will also be required to participate in planning, execution, and presentation of experiments involving, histology and animal imaging. The incumbent will be expected to participate in lab activities, assist with maintenance of equipment and supplies, in addition to administrative duties involving safety protocols and allocation of grant funds to ensure cost-effectiveness of the research.
The incumbent will prepare manuscripts for publications in collaboration with the principal investigator. Manuscript preparation will include reviewing relevant literature, describing methods and results used to acquire the data, presenting and analyzing data retrieved, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how they fit in the current understanding of the field.
The purpose of the junior specialists' involvement in this research project will be to better understand the basic mechanisms of retinal disease through the study of animal models of human diseases. The work of the junior specialist will inspire creative new ideas for disease diagnostic and treatment in animals that may translate to human patients someday. These new ideas can be tested in the lab with the help of the PI.
The junior specialist will contribute to the design of the experiments and to creative approaches of troubleshooting scientific challenges as they arise. Through consulting with the PI, the junior specialists' creativity and scientific curiosity will be strengthened. This experience will bolster the junior specialists' skills and prepare them for entry to a graduate program.
Depending on the interest and availability of funds, the Junior Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The incumbent will also assist the principal investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies as well as lab meetings with other investigators.
The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate students from UC Davis. The incumbent will actively contribute to lab activities through staff meetings and presentations to colleagues and researchers from various scientific communities.
This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in future careers in science or medicine to gain experience in a stimulating and interactive lab environment. UC Davis School of Medicine offers a solid benefits package and the opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists in a cutting-edge setting.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree by the start of employment with a strong undergraduate background in science, prior laboratory research experience, have a demonstrated ability to work independently, taking initiative, making critical decision and communication of ideas. Preferred qualifications include some computer science or programming skills and experience with lab animal handling.
For full consideration, applications must be received by May 20, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2019.
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