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Junior Specialist/Falk lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 21st, 2019
Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 4, 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: Friday, Sep 27, 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.


POSITION DESCRIPTION for Junior Specialist in the Falk Lab
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 incumbent of this position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
• Assisting in research on grapevine virus studies. Maintain infected and uninfected grapevine plants and manage insect colonies for use in bioassays. Help maintain plants and insect colonies in the UC Davis Contained Research Facility, a Biosafety 3P – shower out facility, for the projects that are required to be done in the Biosafety 3 facility.
• Assist with research reports for publications in peer reviewed journals by organizing all the data collected regarding the viral effects from the biological assays. The data should then be analyzed by professional programs and methods that are instructed by the PI. The incumbent will work with the PI to compile their findings in a professional manner suited to the targeted journal’s preference including photos, charts and data. He/she will then present work progress in lab meetings and other venues as opportunity arises.
• Assist with greenhouse trials on experimental design, study set up, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and contribute to resulting reports to funding agencies.
• Project development will involve literature research, including the use of literature for hypothesis development, development and optimization of protocols and analytical methods. Some literature will be provided (books, articles), but it is expected that the incumbent will conduct literature searches to identify additional materials.
• The incumbent will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the UC Davis plant pathology department retreat and other local (on-campus) events, as well as opportunities to present at statewide or national conferences.
• As a component of university service, the incumbent will also be asked to serve on one or more department committees, such as the Department Safety Committee or the Facilities Committee.
• As a full-time lab member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, and general laboratory maintenance. The incumbent will also mentor undergraduate students and technicians.

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 property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors including parking lots and residential spaces.
This position requires a Baccalaureate or similar degree in Plant Pathology, or related discipline. Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)
Hours: 40 hours per week
Location: UC Davis campus

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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 required (contact information only)