Postdoctoral Scholar

Griffith Lab

Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology

The Griffith lab, housed in the Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, seeks to fill one available postdoctoral position. We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and collaborative scientist to join our growing team. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in patch-clamp and extracellular slice electrophysiology recordings from spinal cord or brain, and will use these skills to investigate how aberrant sensory neuron function alters central circuits. There will be opportunities to learn the variety of techniques used in the lab, that range from ion channel biophysics to rodent behavior. Successful applicants will be expected to actively participate in lab meetings, journal clubs, and seminar series, assist in mentoring junior members of the lab, and present research findings at national and international scientific meetings. UC Davis is collegiate and collaborative, and our department has an active postdoc community, including a dedicated postdoctoral seminar series. Our lab is located just 20 minutes outside of Sacramento, with Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and the San Francisco Bay area being short trips away.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related biomedical field
  • A track record of productivity
  • Expertise in ex vivo slice electrophysiology techniques (brain or spinal cord)
  • Motivated to independently pursue and drive their project
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience with any of the following: basic biochemical/molecular techniques, transgenic mouse models, immunohistochemistry, RNAscope, confocal imaging, cell culture of primary neurons, rodent behavior.
  • Coding experience
  • Excellent organization/time management skills


  • To be involved in all aspects of the study including study design, performing experiments, data collection and analysis, publication of results
  • To keep organized lab notes, data files,
  • To act in collegial manner and contributes to a positive lab


Interested candidates should send their CV/Biosketch, cover letter expressing interest in the position, and at least three professional references (list name, affiliation, title, email address, and telephone number), to Theanne Griffith ( Applicants from under-represented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Junior Specialist

Trimmer Lab

Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology

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Recruitment Period

Open date: April 4, 2022

Initial review date: May 1, 2022 - Apply by 5/1/2022 (11.59 pm) to be considered in the first round of applicants. All applicants received will be released to the Search Committee the following day. More review dates will be added if the position is not filled from the first pool of applicants.

Final date: December 31, 2022 - Applications will continue to be accepted through this date, but those received after the initial review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Physiology & Membrane Biology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, seeks to hire a Junior Specialists in Dr. Trimmer’s lab. This position will undertake research employing molecular and cell biology level techniques focused on recombinant antibody characterization and validation.


The Junior Specialist has the general duties of working closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) in the planning and execution of research projects. The junior specialist may assist in data collection, entry and quality control, study design and implementation, literature reviews and data analysis for preparation of manuscripts or conference presentations, and writing conference abstracts and manuscripts (e.g., methods and results sections, table, and figure generation) for particular projects.

The incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. James Trimmer and work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment.

Successful candidates are expected to participate in three major categories of activities listed below:

    This position requires creative contributions to an active research program developing, characterizing and validating renewable recombinant antibodies for use in biomedical research. A major goal of this research is to improve the overall quality and reproducibility of research through increased use of highly validated renewable recombinant antibodies as research reagents. The Junior Specialist will help to determine research goals for defined projects in regular consultation with the Principal Investigator.

    Specific tasks will require proficiency in antibody characterization including ELISAs, immunoblotting/western blotting, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry. This will include mammalian cell culture and plasmid DNA transfections. In addition to tasks related to these skills, the Junior Specialist will be involved in coordinating transfer of reagents and information with outside laboratories.

    This position also involves interaction with lab members to assess and address research priorities and needs across the group, and presentation/participation in group meetings. This position requires careful attention to detail, including accurate and comprehensive documentation of results in databases that are critical for subsequent experiments. This position requires significant involvement in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. The ideal candidate will have strong logistical skills, be able to prioritize projects, make efficient use of time and have the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced research lab. The position also includes contributions to general lab duties.
    The appointee will be expected to join The Antibody Society, attend scientific conferences and meetings, as applicable.
    The appointee is expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants that rotate through the lab. They will be expected to participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings, journal clubs, and other activities, as applicable.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Neurobiology, or related discipline. (Degree must be awarded by start date)
  • Demonstrated research laboratory experience in basic laboratory skills related to antibody characterization including ELISAs, immunoblotting/western blotting, immunocytochemistry, and
  • Demonstrated research laboratory experience in mammalian cell culture and plasmid DNA transfections
  • Knowledge of and experience with laboratory safety and EH&S hazardous biological and chemical safety requirements
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of solution chemistry, pH buffers, weights and osmolarity, as well as scientific knowledge at the general level.
  • Skills to perform accurate mathematical calculations, practice precise laboratory techniques, manage laboratory supplies and equipment, and to keep neat and accurate records of all experimental details.
  • Ability to follow standard operating procedures as well as recognize problems, and discuss and troubleshoot with other laboratory personnel when necessary.
  • Excellent time management, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills


  • Prior in antibody characterization including ELISAs, immunoblotting/western blotting, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry.
  • Previous experience with mentoring student assistants to properly perform laboratory procedures and


To apply, please go to the following link: JPF04842. This position will remain open until filled through 12/31/2022.

Qualified applicants must submit:

  • Cover letter: Must detail specific qualifications for this position
  • CV: Must include details of previous research experience
  • Contact information for 3 references