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Jr Specialist - Mitloehner Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 17th, 2020

Last review date: Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 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: Tuesday, Jun 30, 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.


This position requires organizational, technical, and research assistance to Dr. Frank Mitloehner’s research and extension lab in the Department of Animal Science. The Mitloehner lab is focused on air quality as it relates to animal agriculture. The research is primarily focused on feed additives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and criteria pollutants created by livestock. This research contributes to benchmarking current emissions levels from California dairy and beef production facilities and helps to inform policy and regulation in California.

The Junior Specialist will be required to help coordinate, conduct, and oversee research trials conducted at both UC Davis animal science facilities such as the feedlot and dairy as well as on-farm research related to benchmarking manure storage emissions before and after installation of alternative manure management strategies. This requires resourcefulness, quick problem-solving skills, animal handling skills, and mechanical skills. Additionally, responsibilities will include helping to develop protocols and standard operating procedures for animal feeding trials. Reporting research developments, study progress, and summarizing and interpreting data to graduate students, sponsors, and PI. They will also assist in field and laboratory data collection and assist in preparing manuscripts for publication and presentations.

The Junior Specialist will also take a lead in managing laboratory training and record keeping. Other responsibilities will include lab maintenance including purchases, feed sample preparation and shipping, organization of lab storage facilities, clerical work, and scheduling of undergraduate interns. The Jr. Specialist will be expected to participate in lab meetings and assist in any ongoing research trials the lab is conducting. The ideal candidate will have strong animal handling skills, particularly with beef and dairy cattle, general knowledge of operating agricultural equipment such as tractors, forklift, and skid steer, good problem solving skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
University and Public Service:
The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities with the lab as well as to help train and assist undergraduate interns.

• Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or related field.
• Valid California driver’s license.
• Demonstrated experience conducting scientific research.
• Must speak and write fluent English.
• Demonstrated experience with animal research, utilization of research animals, and understanding/compliance with animal care protocols and regulations.
• Willingness and interest to learn new techniques and to work with dairy and beef cattle.
• Demonstrated computer skills in word processing, data analysis, and statistical software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), R and troubleshooting experience.
• Demonstrated organizational expertise in maintaining records, ordering supplies, updating inventories, and safety records.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to work with a diverse team from different backgrounds and with varying skill levels for the purpose of assisting/teaching laboratory members and student researchers in research protocols and laboratory safety as well as coordinating student schedules with the needs of laboratory projects.
• Ability to conduct library and database searches and synthesize acquired knowledge effectively in writing and apply it to research processes.
• Ability to lift at least 50 lbs and carry short distances.
• Ability to work outdoors for up to 8 hours/day in summer and winter as needed.
• Availability to work on nights/evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
• General knowledge of operating agricultural equipment such as tractors, forklift, and skid steer.

• Experience working with beef and dairy cattle.
• Experience operating agricultural equipment such as tractors, forklift, and skid steer.
• Experience with Microsoft Excel and scientific writing.

SALARY RANGE: Step I- $3,525 or Step II-$3,758.33 monthly commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. For full consideration, completed applications must be submitted by the apply date in the posting. 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.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 1 year at 100%

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

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Frank Mitloehner,

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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)