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Job Opportunity: Junior Specialist

The College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for one or more Junior Specialist positions in the Marcu laboratory. Candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, engineering or related field, or equivalent research experience.


The position of Junior Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, or with research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. Junior Specialists are required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. Junior Specialists are also expected to participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations as well as review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications as applicable related to their research area of expertise.

The candidate will provide specialized expertise in the planning and execution of research projects including investigation and clinical validation of FLIm technology applied to surgical oncology, including head and neck cancer, brain cancer, and other clinical applications.


Under the direction of the PI, the candidate’s responsibilities are a significant and essential part of publishable research activities. The candidate will assist the PI and other lab members in acquiring clinical data in patient during surgery using the lab’s custom clinical FLIm imaging platform. Other responsibilities include working with pathologists to generate imaging data labels for validation purposes. The candidate will meticulously collect and organize study records, consisting of FLIm imaging data, endoscopic videos, histology and pathology records, as well as collecting patient specific health and demographic information. The candidate will work with other lab personnel to interpret imaging data, and provide feedback about the use of the FLIm system and data collection workflow. The candidate will help to manage the IRB protocols and assure compliance with required documentation. The candidate will work with the project team to review and submit research proposals.

The candidate will collaborate with the research group to collect data for manuscript preparation, review, and submission. The candidate’s significant and meaningful contributions described above will lead to authorship or acknowledgement on published work.


- The candidate will assist the PI and other lab personnel in validating FLIm as a tool for tumor identification during cancer resection surgery. As such, the candidate will collect and compile imaging, histology and health related information. In addition, the candidate will provide specific expertise for tissue registration and image labeling, and will help with data interpretation. As an integral part of the study, the candidate will assist in revising plans for future studies.

- The candidate will keep meticulous records of all aspects of the clinical studies and will assist in collecting clinical data, which is an essential and meaningful contribution to successfully submit scholarly manuscripts.

- The candidate will assist the PI and other collaborators in writing and reviewing the manuscript, especially in the area of clinical translation of FLIm. The candidate will be responsible for improving the assessment of tissue features based on histological images, to achive the project’s goals.

- The candidate will be responsible for reading and reviewing literature pertinent to optical signatures of different tissue types and conditions.

- In addition to successfully collaborating with other research personnel in the lab and communicating scientific information, the candidate will be responsible for presenting research results during weekly lab meetings.


The candidate will participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.

- The candidate will have the potential to attend various scholarly conferences, including the SPIE- Photonics West. The candidate will collaborate with researchers in the lab and will help to produce data presented at conferences.

- The candidate will participate in the maintenance of a safe laboratory environment.


- Candidate may maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.

- Candidate may participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

Interested candidates should submit all materials via the web-based online submission system ( Required materials include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3-5 references.


As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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