Skip to main content

Junior Specialist in the Neuroscience Research Institute

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: October/November 2021
Position duration: The initial appointment is for 1 year, full-time with benefits. Continuation beyond 1 year will be based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: September 30th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Nov 8, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 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

The Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a full-time Junior Specialist, to conduct studies exploring the mechanisms regulating retinal development. Responsibilities will include maintaining the mouse colony (including genotyping samples to guide complex breeding strategies), neurohistology (including tissue dissection, sectioning, immunofluorescence), gene expression analyses (including qPCR, in situ hybridization, in vitro luciferase assay, etc), microscopy and analysis, and some routine lab management duties.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A bachelor's degree (or equivalent degree) or have 2 years equivalent research experience in cellular or molecular neuroscience or in molecular, cellular or developmental biology at time of application is required.

Preferred qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience in molecular biology, neurohistology, and mouse colony maintenance. Preference will be given to applicants who have an extensive and excellent record with animal husbandry, including breeding and PCR, as well as general laboratory management.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

Please provide the name, relationship, email and phone number of a least 2 references. The department will conduct a reference check for the finalist before extending an offer.

Apply link:

Help contact:

Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA