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Specialist - Hunt Laboratory

Application Window

Open date: September 1st, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

A specialist position (research technician) is available in the Hunt laboratory at University of California Irvine. Primary job responsibilities will include work with mutant mouse models (animal surgeries, behavior assays, brain slice preparation and immunostaining), laboratory management (animal colonies, protocols) and assist in the generation and use of new molecular biology tools (viral vectors, reprogramming and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cell lines). The successful candidate(s) will play an important role in our studies on nervous system development and injury.

Learn more about our research program at http://www.roberthuntlab.org

Recent papers from the lab:
• Zhu B, Eom J, Hunt RF. Transplanted interneurons improve memory precision after traumatic brain injury. Nature Communications. 2019 Nov 14;10(1):5156.
• Kim YJ, Khoshkhoo S, Frankowski JC, Zhu B, Abbasi S, Lee S, Wu YE, Hunt RF. Chd2 is necessary for neural circuit development and long-term memory. Neuron. 2018 Dec 5;100(5):1180-1193.e6.

Our lab is located on the Health Sciences campus at UC Irvine and equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities. UC Irvine is a world-class research university with highly ranked graduate programs in neuroscience and biological sciences. Our Southern California location is home to one of the largest academic research and biotechnology hubs in the US. Lab members enjoy direct access to this outstanding community of neuroscientists and clinicians as well as the wide range of recreational activities available in our region. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary and collaborative team working to develop the next generation of tools and technologies to treat disorders of brain development and injury.

Requirements: The successful candidate(s) will have a BS, MS or equivalent degree with proficiency in basic laboratory techniques and excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Prior research experience relevant to our lab interests in neuroscience, molecular biology, or another relevant area is highly desired but not necessary.

Salary Information: Salary will be based on University of California guidelines for the Specialist series and is commensurate with experience. The position is fully funded by our grants. We hope that the specialist will stay in the lab for at least 2 years to complete a substantial project. This is an excellent opportunity for recent college graduates who want to spend a couple years as a research technician before entering a PhD program. Long-term research staff will also be considered.

To apply: Please visit the UC Irvine RECRUIT website located at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06507
Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following materials:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact information for 3 references
  3. Research Statement – describe prior experience, future goals, and address how you think you can contribute to the overall research direction of the Hunt laboratory

To learn more about the position, feel free to email me directly at robert.hunt@uci.edu.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    B.S., M.S., or equivalent degree.

    Junior Specialists - Appointees to the Junior rank
    should possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or equivalent research experience.

    Assistant Specialists - Appointees to the Assistant rank should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization.

    Associate Specialists - Appointees to the Associate rank should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization. Associate Specialists are normally expected to have a record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published or in-press research in the field and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service.

    Full Specialists - Appointees to the Full rank should possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization. Specialists at full rank are normally expected to have a significant record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published or in-press research in the field, professional recognition in the field, and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF07100

Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA