Position Description - Junior Specialist - Dr. Tian LabNATURE AND PURPOSE This Junior Specialist position will conduct neuroscience related research entitled imaging neuromodulation with genetically encoded molecular probes. The research will involve skills using molecular cloning, protein purification, mammalian and primary cell culture, fluorescence microscopy, as well as statistical, imaging analysis and computer skills. The first phase of project will start on May 1, 2021 and end on April 31, 2022. 1) RESEARCH-80% This position requires creative contributions and collaborative development of an active research program developing molecular probes for imaging neuromodulation in the brain. The primary research project is to develop protein based probes to enable multiplex imaging of neuromodulators. The candidates will screen the intrinsic properties of the sensor in cells to achieve desired properties to match the dynamics of neuromodulators in a variety of brain regions. The candidates will further characterize the sensors thoroughly in hippocampal and midbrain neuronal culture. The candidates will learn recombinant DNA and viral techniques, molecular imaging, and electrical physiology and imaging. The candidates will analyze imaging data, assist postdocs in the lab, as well as develop ownerships of project gradually. The candidates will present research at weekly laboratory meetings and journal clubs to discuss the progress of the research project with the PI. This will include discussion regarding necessary revisions, review and future plans for the experiments of the projects.
Publication The candidates will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals with the PI and other members of the research team.
Grant Acquisition The candidates will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidates will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. 2) Lab management (10%) Lab management responsibilities include coordinating daily lab activities, ordering lab supplies, ensuring lab safety compliance with UC Davis regulations and guidelines, and overseeing student assistants and lab maintenance. 3) PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY-5% The candidates will participate in society of neuroscience and conferences appropriate to their specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidates will attend seminars to present research results internally and nationally. 4) UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE-5% The candidates will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. The candidates will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position. REQUIREMENTS For the full position description and to apply, visit https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04027.
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