Jobs

Assistant Specialist

Employer

University of California, Irvine, Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders

Location

Irvine, California

Contact

Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae including a record of research experience and the names of three references, before July 27, 2017, to https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04157.

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.

Description

The University of California, Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) has an opportunity for an assistant specialist in the iPS Cell Core. The mission of UCI MIND is to engage in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research designed to discover the basic mechanisms of neurodegeneration and brain aging, characterize the transition from normal aging to Alzheimer’s disease, and develop new treatments to slow or eliminate cognitive impairment resulting from any etiology. The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out independent research under the supervision of the PI. Duties will include the design and generation of isogenic iPS lines and the phenotypic characterization of differentiated CNS cell types from these clones. 

Requirements

Successful candidates must have at least a master’s degree in stem cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or a related life-science area. The lab is especially interested in applicants with proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Generation, maintenance, transfection, and differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (reprogramming, feeding, passaging, freezing, transfections, differentiation toward neural and glial progenitor cells).
  2. Extensive knowledge of the most recent literature on iPS reprogramming and derivation of glia lineages.
  3. Familiarity with the literature on the derivation of neuroectoderm and mesoderm lineages.
  4. Familiarity with molecular biology techniques.

Applicants must have advanced writing skills and experience with scientific writing. Candidates must be able to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams and to manage projects within a complex organization; therefore, excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills are essential. This position will be appointed at the level that is commensurate with the education and experience of the individual candidate.