Assistant Specialist


The University of California, Irvine


Irvine, California

Principal Investigator

Mathew Blurton-Jones

Principal Investigator

Hayk Davtyan


Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae which should include a record of research experience and the names of three references before October 15, 2019, to



The University of California, Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) has an opportunity for an assistant specialist in the labs of Mathew Blurton-Jones and Hayk Davtyan. 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 joint supervision of the PIs. Primary duties will include immunohistochemical staining and confocal microscopy, animal husbandry, genotyping and mouse colony maintenance, and small animal surgery.

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 bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related life science area. The lab is especially interested in applicants with experience and proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Immunofluorescent labeling of brain sections and confocal imaging.
  1. Maintenance, genotyping, and husbandry of transgenic mouse colonies.
  2. Small animal surgery and euthanasia.
  3. Familiarity with basic molecular and biochemical techniques (qPCR, Western blotting).
  4. Prior experience with Alzheimer’s disease research is a plus.

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. Evidence of prior successful research experience in a neuroscience lab would be a plus. This position will be appointed at the level that is commensurate with the education and experience of the individual candidate.