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Junior Specialist-Kebreab Lab

Application Window

Open date: June 7th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Jun 21, 2021 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: Wednesday, Dec 29, 2021 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


This position provides technical, scientific and organizational assistance to Dr. Ermias Kebreab’s research program in the Department of Animal Science, which focuses on the impact of feed additives on reducing methane emissions from cattle. The research is designed to understand how feed reduce enteric methane emissions and production traits in ruminants. The research contributes to both the generation of fundamental knowledge about enteric emissions and improved understanding of reducing impact of livestock on climate change.

Research 90%
The Junior Specialist will be required to actively coordinate, conduct, and oversee field research, experiments, and make local field arrangements. Arrange for assistance from facility managers and collaborators to facilitate research as necessary. Requires ingenuity, resourcefulness, establishing protocol and adaptability to special and changing needs of the field activities. Report research and study progress, summarize and interpret preliminary data to PI.
The Junior Specialist will not be required to assist the PI in study design, but will be required to collect, organize, and summarize field and laboratory data. Evaluate data and prepare tables and graphs for publication. Draft reports and sections of publications and presentations.
The Junior Specialist will also take a lead in tracking and reconciling expenses. Maintain and update inventory and order supplies. Maintain computers, files, and programs with appropriate backup for all computers under supervision. Development/revision of appropriate standard operating procedure (SOP) for field procedures.

Professional Competence 5%
The Junior Specialist will be required to contribute to scholarly manuscripts through reviewing and commenting on draft manuscripts, literature searches, data collection and scoring, and helping to write methods sections. Specifically the Junior Specialist will review and conduct peer reviewed literature searches relevant to scientific activities in the lab.

University and Public Service 5%
The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as schedule, train and oversee undergraduate student assistants. Instruct and train visiting scholars, graduate students, staff, and volunteers in laboratory procedures.

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 references (contact information only).
QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Ermias Kebreab

***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

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or gender.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Animal Science or related field

    **or must have degree by the time the position starts.

Preferred qualifications

    • Valid California driver’s license.
    • Demonstrated experience conducting scientific research including evidence of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to special and changing needs of activities.
    • Must speak and write fluent English.
    • Willingness and interest to learn new techniques and to work with cattle.
    • Demonstrated computer skills in word processing, data analysis, and statistical software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), 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/supervising 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.
    • Experience with animal research, utilization of research animals, and understanding/compliance with animal care protocols and regulations.
    • 1+ years experience with all the tasks described here within.

Application Requirements

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)
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Job location

Davis, CA