Assistant Specialist


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


Irvine, California


Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae which should include a record of research experience and the names of three references before October 27, 2017 to JPF04278


The University of California, Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) has an opportunity for an assistant specialist to participate in cutting–edge research on the molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease. The successful candidate will be participating in animal experiments investigating a specific mechanistic hypothesis about how risk factors occurring at early ages can trigger the transition from normal aging to Alzheimer’s disease much later in life. The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out independent research under the supervision of the PI. Duties will include maintenance of a small animal colony, the execution of brain surgeries in mice to enable long-term administration of experimental compounds, and the characterization of these mice in terms of neuropathological endpoints relevant to Alzheimer disease.

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.


Successful candidates must have at least a master’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related life science area.  We are especially interested in applicants with proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Mouse surgeries, specifically intracerebroventricular drug delivery via osmotic pumps
  2. Mouse colony maintenance
  3. Neuropathogical techniques for characterizing an Alzheimer's disease mouse model, including tissue preparation, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and ELISAs

The candidate must be able to manage the project independently and execute efficiently within a complex organization; therefore, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are essential. Good oral and writing skills are helpful but not essential. This position will be appointed at the level commensurate with the education and experience of the individual candidate.