Junior Specialist IDDRC Mouse Behavior Core
University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
United States

Junior Specialist IDDRC Mouse Behavior Core





Open date: February 4th, 2019
Last review date: March 12th, 2019

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

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.


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biological Sciences and/or Neuroscience.


The candidate for this position will be involved in a variety of interesting behavioral neuroscience research projects using mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder. The candidate will be part of a team that measures innovative outcome measures using a wide range of in vivo behavioral outcomes in awake behaving mice, following genetic or environmental manipulations. The candidate will actively participate in advancing scientific research projects, through a grant funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (IDDRC).


The Junior Specialist will contribute to the IDDRC Mouse Behavior Core by performing mouse behavioral assays, collecting data, analyzing data, performing statistical analyses and preparing figures for Core User grant applications and publications. The incumbent will be expected to read, discuss and interpret journal articles relevant to the project. Opportunities for presenting research at local and/or national conferences may be available, at the discretion of the Core Co-Directors. To educate the applicant on the broad nature of the research program, opportunities will be available to make comparisons across Core projects, laboratory standards, and current doctoral student research in the laboratory.


General responsibilities include:

• Performing mouse behavioral assays
• Collecting data
• Analyzing data
• Performing statistical analyses 
• Preparing figures for Core User grant applications and publications


• Participate in weekly meetings to read, discuss and interpret journal articles relevant to the project.


• Serve on Departmental Search Committees
• Presentations may be available as co-author in work presented at either International Society for Autism Research and/or Society for Neuroscience


• A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biological Sciences and/or Neuroscience. 
• Experience with animal models
• Experience with data collection and data processing 
• Computer skills including using word processing (for writing experimental methods) and graphical data representation
• General wet laboratory skills


• Genotyping by PCR
• Experience with mouse husbandry, breeding and weaning
• Excellent oral and written communication skills 
• Ability to perform behavioral testing of mice on a broad range of assays, following detailed instructions 
• Ability to score videos for behavioral events for an extended period of time 
• Excellent pharmacological injection skills (training provided) 
• Ability to set up equipment for experiments and calibrations, according to instructions 
• 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
• An understanding of statistical software


Step 1 - $39,500 annual, or Step II - $42,100 annual, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


This is a one-to-two year appointment between 100% effort.


For full consideration, applications must be received by 2/19/2019; however, the position will remain open until filled through 6/30/2019 or until filled. To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02660 
Applicants should submit cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for at least 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.


Please direct questions to Dr. Jill L Silverman jsilverman@ucdavis.edu and Dr. Jacqueline N Crawley crawley@ucdavis.edu with further questions.


The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.


UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.



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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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