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Junior Specialist - Pitesky Lab 2019

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 10th, 2019
Last review date: Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.


This position will be involved in interdisciplinary research projects studies focusing on questions in microbiology, veterinary epidemiology, food safety, animal health and laboratory methods. General responsibilities include: Coordination and planning of research projects, which includes field and laboratory work, manuscript and grant writing.

Research (80%):
Research activities including collaborate/assist the PI and/or staff researcher with study design, implement and conduct research on food safety and in diversified and poultry farm environments. The junior specialist will coordinate with collaborative stakeholders (e.g., farmers, ranchers and other industry and governmental partners) the implementation of field work, sampling of biological samples and summarize research findings. Conduct statistical analyses and summarize the findings in progress reports, manuscripts and grants. Participating in writing and publication of manuscripts in collaboration with the PI and other lab members. Communicating with stakeholders and participating clientele/farmers. Creating and maintaining databases of data from research projects.

Laboratory activities including organization, development of microbiological and molecular protocols, and protocol troubleshooting. Laboratory testing such, traditional microbiological culture and PCR testing. Processing environmental and animal samples (e.g., fecal samples, manure, soil, water, produce, etc.). from field projects, detection of foodborne pathogens (e.g., Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter) and indicator bacteria using standard microbiological and molecular procedures.

It will be necessary to occasionally work odd hours as necessary to conduct farm visits and meet deadlines. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Professional Competency and Activity (10%):
Participating in lab meetings and journal clubs. Summarize and present findings in internal lab meetings and stakeholder meetings.

University and Public Service (10%):
Candidate will participate in various outreach efforts on campus and off associated with the Pitesky lab focused on University and public service outreach and extension with a focus on topics related to their research. Examples include USDA sponsored workshops for farmers and other relevant stakeholders on food safety, production efficiency etc. There will be opportunity for mentorship of undergraduate students working in the laboratory.

Basic qualifications
Background in microbiology
Basic laboratory methods
Good writing and communication skills

Preferred qualifications
Knowledge of poultry husbandry
Various molecular techniques including PCR

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 0-2 required (contact information only)