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Assistant Specialist-Hess Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 10th, 2018
Last review date: August 26th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 28th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.



The Specialist will exhibit effective communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team in both field and laboratory settings. The individual will be responsible for maintaining artificial gut fermentation systems that are central to the work of the Hess Lab, which includes the collection of animal products, following animal care and use guidelines. Besides this key responsibility the candidate will utilize their Systems Microbiology skill set to mine large -omics data sets for novel enzymes; studying their effect on gut and host health; Their potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; increased host health and improved efficiency of the conversion of plant material into biofuels and added value chemicals. The specialist will aid in the design, selection, and synthesis of novel enzymes and test their in-situ and in-vitro effect. The Specialist will aid in the effective accomplishment of actionable items for extra- & intra-mural research collaborations, as well as aid in the preparation of documents for publication and dissemination. The specialist will collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities involving systems microbiology, animal nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. Evaluation of performance in research activities or in outreach activities as deemed applicable to the individual project in specialized areas, as documented by any of the following:
1) Publications that acknowledge the Specialist's significant and meaningful contribution to the work.
2) Publications on which the Specialist is an author.
3) Other evidence (e.g., letters from collaborators or principal investigators) that work done by the Specialist contributed to publishable research.
4) Active dissemination of information (beyond the boundaries of the campus) through informal instruction, presentations, or other means stemming from the Specialist's research accomplishments.
5) Other evidence of recognized expertise may include formal documentation of intellectual effort and participation in publishable research activities, first authorship on publications/patents, presentation of research at regional/national meetings, invitations to review grant proposals and/or journal articles, invitations to participate in research projects, and/or service on advisory panels.


A. The Specialist may present work at a scientific or scholarly conference, for example the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, The American Society for Microbiology, or other conferences and events that align with the current research being undertaken by the Hess lab.
B. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.


A. The Specialist will mentor undergraduate interns and assist in teaching them basic lab bench work including: DNA and RNA extractions, Gel-electrophoresis, making media, and Gas chromatography. The Individual will aid in teaching undergraduate lab members introductory bioinformatics, scientific communication, literature revision, and scientific writing. The specialist will also aid in the implementation of outreach projects developed during interdisciplinary research.

B. The Specialist may participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

Job location

Davis, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

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