Opening - Junior Specialist for UC Davis Dept of ETOX, La Merrill Lab

Posted: 11.01.2017

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist in laboratory and husbandry work within the La Merrill Lab (

Under the direction and advisement of the Dr. Michele A. La Merrill (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Sarah Elmore (member) the candidate will:

Research (90%)

The Junior Specialist will work with Drs. La Merrill and Elmore to design, conduct and interpret research experiments evaluating the role of environmental chemical exposure in risk of metabolic and endocrine diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and breast cancer. This effort will include the following activities:

- Develop experimental designs and protocols to successful implement them while following strict quality assurance and safety guidelines

- Critically read scientific literature to inform cutting-edge and best practice research protocols

- Calibrate and use thermometers, scales, and MRI and infrared imagers to evaluate toxicity

- Assist with purchasing and inventory of equipment and supplies for experiments

- Gather, prepare, and label supplies, datasheets, and reagents for experiments including stock solutions and dilutions of hazardous chemicals

- Record data clearly and completely on paper datasheets and Excel spreadsheets

- Identify, feed, breed, and genotype laboratory animals and maintain records of these activities

- Collect biological material and evaluate metabolic and endocrine toxicity (e.g. blood lipid and insulin assays, obesity and energy expenditure, and mammary gland and tumor morphology)

- Properly dispose of hazardous substances used in experiments

- Clean and sterilize supplies used in experiments

- Keep management appraised of problems encountered including failed tests, testing delays and substandard calibrations

- Test hypotheses using statistical techniques including the use of ANOVAs and t-tests

- Generate graphs and summary tables for presentations and publications

- Present data generated in ongoing experiments at weekly lab meetings

- Assist in the maintenance of safe laboratory working conditions by following all laboratory safety procedures, wearing all necessary protective clothing, identifying potential hazards and bringing them to the attention of the laboratory supervisor

Professional Competence (5%)

The Junior Specialist will participate in the development of scientific products for dissemination. This includes contributions to conference posters (e.g. Gordon Research Conference), attendance at local conferences and meetings (such as those hosted by the CaliforniaEPA), and publication of peer reviewed journal articles (e.g. those in toxicology and public health areas).

University and Public Service (5%)

- Provide mentorship for undergraduate students and scientists working in the La Merrill laboratory and collaborators laboratories on techniques and procedures above

-Participate in the development of written reports and oral presentations to the CalEPA Office of

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment for their evaluation of risk of exposures in California

Basic qualifications

- Bachelors degree in Animal Science

- Must be able to see and identify reagents and live animals

- Must be able to lift 5-10 pounds at length

- Knowledge of biology and animal science

- Skills to carry out repetitive laboratory experiments with close attention to detail and limited supervision

- Skills to pipette small volumes and perform serial dilutions

- Ability to calculate chemical concentrations and dilutions

- Record keeping skills to accurately record detailed research data collected throughout studies.

- Skills to work with numerous chemicals having varying degrees of toxicity

- Experience using software such as Word, Excel, Graphpad Prism, and other computer programs

- Experience handling rodents

Preferred qualifications

- Prior experience with rodent research including gavaging and colony maintenance

- Experience working with research collaborators

- Interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

Salary Range: Step I, $18.26/hour

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by the date indicated at the Open Recruitment page for this position via this URL -  Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for 6 months (starting ASAP) with the potential for extension up to 12 months upon satisfactory progress.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how they meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, their most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Anna Lee via email to

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