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Assistant Specialist - Finger Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 14th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Sep 13, 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: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 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.



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 research projects in the Genomic Variation Laboratory. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization, in this case conservation genetics and genomics. Within this 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.


Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology or Animal Science, or Bachelor degree in Biology plus three or more years of research experience.
Experience processing and analyzing bulk genetic samples from various fish and wildlife populations. Experience using various molecular techniques including, but not limited to DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, qPCR, RADseq library prep, capillary electrophoresis (ABI3730xl DNA Analyzer experience strongly preferred), integrated fluidic circuits (IFCs) SNP genotyping assay techniques (Fluidigm experience strongly preferred), DNA fragmentation by sonication, sample prep for Sanger sequencing, quantifying genomic DNA samples, DNA clean-up and size selection, and environmental DNA techniques. Experience collecting tissue samples for genetic analysis. Experience analyzing microsatellite data, qPCR data, SNP genotype data, utilizing online genetic databases to genetically identify unknown samples, and completing parentage analysis. Experience assisting in sample and supply inventory management, training new lab members, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting, writing and editing SOPs, and maintaining laboratory safety compliance and documentation.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.



A. Collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities involving conservation genetics and genomics of fish and wildlife species. 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. 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

B. Serve as a research coordinator for conservation genetics and genomics projects conducted by PIs in the department, as resources permit. Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communication between individual laboratories, data management and preparation of reports tailored to meet the needs of the requesting individual(s).


A. Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations
B. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.


A. 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.
B. Volunteer time towards community outreach/education. Train and supervise external interns to facilitate collaborative learning.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit the cover letter and curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide three references, contact information only

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required