Job Opening – April 5, 2021: Jr Specialist – Neuroscience & Behavior Unit – Bales Lab

/Job Opening – April 5, 2021: Jr Specialist – Neuroscience & Behavior Unit – Bales Lab
Job Opening – April 5, 2021: Jr Specialist – Neuroscience & Behavior Unit – Bales Lab2021-04-14T15:05:45+00:00

RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open date: April 5, 2021

Last review date: September 30, 2021

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: April 19, 2021

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.

DESCRIPTION

NATURE AND PURPOSE

The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise
(e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and
execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains
technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the
Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, and develop collaborative relationships with
colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not
have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in
preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three
basic criteria outlined below.
It will be necessary to occasionally work odd hours as necessary to conduct pre-scheduled lab works and meet
deadlines. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as
the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

I. Essential Responsibilities (90%)

80% Assist with data collection and data management including, but not exclusive to the following
  • Assist with physiological and behavioral data collection with infant, juvenile, and aged monkeys.
  • Schedule procedures with lab personnel as well as Research Services and the Imaging Center.
  • Carry out tasks related to promoting the welfare of experimental animals.
  • Prepare equipment and testing spaces for experiments.
  • Clean equipment and testing spaces.
  • Lift and move nonhuman primates (requires being able to lift at least 50 lbs) between their home cages and
  • testing spaces.
  • Assist with organization of data.
  • Assist with the preparation and analysis of nonhuman primate tissues.
  • Prepare solutions, medias, and buffers.
  • Use laboratory equipment including centrifuges, incubators, etc.
  • Train animals to participate in testing
  • Assist with designing experiments and preparing data for publication and presentations.
15% Scientific / Academic:
  • Assist with study design, literature reviews, data analyses, and dissemination of results.
  • Review the literature in order to help with new method and experimental design.
  • Conduct literature reviews associated with ongoing laboratory projects.
  • Lead lab-meeting discussions on a paper at least one time per quarter.
  • Help to prepare scientific manuscripts.
  • Participate in investigator and group meetings.
  • Attend laboratory journal club and recommended relevant lectures presented on campus.

05% Scientific / Academic:

  • Assist with study design, literature reviews, data analyses, and dissemination of results.
  • Review the literature in order to help with new method and experimental design.
  • Conduct literature reviews associated with ongoing laboratory projects.
  • Lead lab-meeting discussions on a paper at least one time per quarter.
  • Help to prepare scientific manuscripts.
  • Participate in investigator and group meetings.
  • Attend laboratory journal club and recommended relevant lectures presented on campus
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY
(5% EFFORT)
    A. The incumbent will assist in preparing research presentations for local stakeholder groups, regional
meetings, and appropriate national meetings. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral
presentation formats. The incumbent will be encouraged to have membership with the American Society for
Microbiology or similar professional society.
    B. Review manuscripts in collaboration with the principal investigator for accuracy prior to submission. Assist
with summarizing data, including creating tables, graphs, and figures.
    C. Taking online courses related to the work including project management, organizational development, safety
services, data science, R programming,
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE
(5% EFFORT)
    A. Participate in mentoring of undergraduate students in the research laboratory as appropriate.
    B. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus, and other University entities,
as appropriate.
    C. Participate in supporting activities related to teaching where expertise is appropriate. This may include
assisting the principal investigator with teaching activities related to medical microbiology and immunology.
Physical Demands
  • Perform diversified tasks the may often require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping or standing.
  • Manual and visual dexterity to perform all duties with emphasis on attention to detail and the operation and
  • maintenance of equipment is essential.
  • Perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level 2 and 2+ conditions where non-human primates may be either
  • naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous infectious agents such as HIV, SIV, or Herpes
  • B virus.
  • Wear protective clothing for extended periods of time including: gown, lab coats, gloves, masks, face
  • shields, and head and shoe covers.
  • Be able to lift and move at least 50 lbs.
Work Environment
  • Measles vaccination or proof of illness required. This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.
  • Employee shall participate in required preventative medical and medical monitoring programs which may include blood tests, immunizations, TB screening, Blood borne and Airborne Pathogen training, etc., and are provided to meet Federal, State and University requirements.
  • Must be willing to perform assigned duties in a BioSafety Level (BSL) 2 or 3 facility where nonhuman primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous infectious agents such as HIV, SIV or Herpes B virus; working area is located within a defined animal area and may include biohazards.
  • Work in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.
  • Required to wear protective clothing in circumstances that require personal protection from infectious diseases and animals.
  • Work occasional overtime. Work occasional weekends and holidays.
  • Provide after hours, weekend and holiday emergency support as required.
  • UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

California National Primate Research Center employees are directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of work on Federal or State contracts and grants as well as periodically come into contact with controlled substances; and are expected to abide by the UC Policy on Substance Abuse, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990.

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, Animal Science, or
  • equivalent.
  • Experience working with nonhuman primates.
  • Experience training animals to participate in behavioral tasks.
  • Experience using MS Excel for data entry, upload, review, and maintenance.
  • Experience following research protocols, and oral/written instructions with attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to interact professionally with a diverse group of people including but not limited to investigators, visitors, veterinarians, students and staff.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety and proper use, handling, monitoring, measurement and disposal of biohazardous substances.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with nonhuman primates (preferably titi monkeys).
  • Experience utilizing formal behavioral observation methods and techniques to monitor and record social interactions among nonhuman primates.
  • Experience working in physical contact with nonhuman primates (preferably titi monkeys).
  • Experience using statistical software for managing data sets.
  • Knowledge of nonhuman primate behavior.
  • Experience manipulating and analyzing computerized records of behavioral observations.
  • Laboratory experience processing biological samples.
  • Independent thinking and problem-solving skills for research and technical problems.
  • Skills to make the appropriate judgment to report when an animal requires veterinary attention, and to recognize changes in animal physical appearance or behavior.
  • Ability to use scientific terminology effectively.
Organizational skills to coordinate projects, summarize data, prioritize workload and follow schedules, meet deadlines, to accommodate changes in projects as the need arises, and strict attention to detail with high level of efficiency.
Experience working in a BSL2+ or greater facility
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