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University of California, Davis

Job Summary

Under general guidance from the pharmacologist and pharmacology supervisor, responsible for the design and conduct of in vitro pharmacology and drug metabolism studies. Perform standard molecular biology techniques and participate in the update and development of analytical procedures, quality control procedures, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Formulate strategies for implementing previously described and novel techniques, researching literature, and summarizing data for publication. Assist in training of students and other lab personnel. Responsible for record keeping, and information management developing and implementing novel techniques, researching literature, and summarizing data for publication.

BUDGETED SALARY: Initial placement will be between $26.30 – $30.82/Hour, commensurate with educational background and relevant working experience.


Salary Range

$26.30- $42.31/hour. : Initial placement will be between $26.30 – $30.82/Hour, commensurate with educational background and relevant working experience.



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Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm


Davis, CA

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  • Be able to perform repetitive motions; pipetting. Must wear laboratory required/supplied PPE and participate in Health Surveillance Program.
  • Tolerate strong odors and the sight of exposed animal tissues and blood products, and to handle/dispose of infectious materials.
  • May, at times, work with or be in areas where biohazardous and chemical materials and infectious diseases are present. Specific hazards of the position are, but are not limited to salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Campylobacter, hot acids, bases, ethers and other chemicals.


  • This position is subject to UCD’s vaccination program (Influenza, SARS-CoV-2, is/might subject to prophylactic vaccination for rabies), and Medical/Health Surveillance Program/Procedures/Review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.
  • Due to the nature of the job duties, this position is not eligible to work remotely.
  • Work Schedule: Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm (Work schedule might be slightly different during the training period)
  • Work flexible schedule/overtime as needed to complete projects and meet deadlines.
  • Mandatory weekend and holiday rotation.
  • Restricted/Limited vacation during peak workload periods (i.e. Outbreaks, Fiscal Close, Audits Periods, etc.)
  • Occasional travel to conferences, etc.
  • THIS IS NOT AN H1B/J1 OPPORTUNITY. Candidate must be legally permitted to work in the United States and not subject to revocation.
  • This is a research position. Quality control and assurance as well as meticulous working habits are essential.
  • Per the terms and agreements of the department’s contracts and grants, the position requires signing of a Confidentiality Agreement or Non-Disclosure Agreement regarding testing and client information.
  • Interpersonal skills to effectively interact with a wide variety of individuals, both orally and in writing.
  • Adhere to lab quality assurance and control procedures and standards.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics or an equivalent combination of education and comparable experience in one or more of these research disciplines.
  • Experience performing molecular techniques including: DNA and RNA extraction and purification, primer and probe design, standard and realtime PC, molecular cloning, recombinant protein expression, virus purification, electrophoresis and chromatography. Experience performing immunoassays.
  • Experience or skills to maintain cell cultures.
  • Skills in genetics, and immunology sufficient to understand, and follow published or documented techniques and procedures.
  • Skills to work with nucleic acid databases, including but not limited to GenBank, EMBL, DDBJ, and related software for sequence analysis and manipulation, primer and probe design, and molecular epidemiology.
  • Skills in mathematics and chemistry to perform calculations and accurately prepare reagents, buffers, and dilutions.
  • Skills to use and maintain laboratory balances, scales, pH meters, thermocyclers, spectrophotometers, fluorescence scanners, micro-pipettes, centrifuges, electrophoresis and chromatography equipment, incubators. Skills to adhere to lab quality assurance and control procedures and standards.


  • Experience with in vitro systems for the study of drug metabolism, including the use of liver microsomes and recombinant proteins. Carry out enzyme systems in order to identify metabolites and determine kinetic parameters following addition of test compounds.
  • Skills to teach molecular techniques to staff, students, faculty, and visiting scientists.
  • Computer skills to effectively use Windows based programs and statistical and graphing programs.


The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy ( covering all employees.  To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.

Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

No Smoking

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Location: Davis, CA


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