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Junior Specialists for The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

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The Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a Junior Specialist position for the Louis Lab. This position will conduct supervised molecular biological and behavioral research experiments with larvae of Drosophila melanogaster and other species of the Drosophila group. The aim of the research project will consist of identifying and functionally characterizing the neural pathway that permits larvae to respond to chemosensory and electromagnetic stimuli. The ideal applicant will have basic training in the computational analysis of behavior and be familiar with fluorescence microscopy and methods to monitor and manipulate the neural functions in Drosophila. The anticpated appointment will begin in December, 2017 for a duration of one year and reappointments will be on an annual basis in accordance with applicable personnel policies and availability of funding.

Candidates must have a BS in biological or biomedical sciences or equivalent research in related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with a good knowledge of the programming language Python and/or Matlab to use customized computer vision algorithms to track larvae in a behavioral arena. The Department is especially interested in applicants who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

Applicants should submit cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement of past and future research interests, and 3-5 references (contact information only). Materials should be submitted electronically via Applications should be completed by 11/17/2017 for primary consideration. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries should be addressed to

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and 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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)