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Junior Specialist/Ronald lab

Application Window

Open date: July 19th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Sep 13, 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: Thursday, Sep 30, 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

The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise 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 project involves maintaining progeny from mutant lines and organizing seed collections and extracting DNA.
Research: 80%
The incumbent of this position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
• Assist the PI in analyses of sorghum mutants and preparation of reports for publication in peer reviewed journals.
• Assist the PI in development and establishment of greenhouse trials (experimental design, study set up), data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and contribution to resulting reports, and scholarly manuscripts for peer reviewed journals.
• Project development will involve active engagement of literature in project development and interpretation beyond that expected in a purely technical capacity, including use of literature for hypothesis development, development of literature reviews, development and optimization of protocols and analytical methods, and development of introductory and discussion material in the preparation of manuscripts and reports. Some literature will be provided (books, articles), but it is expected that the incumbent will conduct literature searches to identify additional materials.
• Assist the PI in development of grant proposals based on preliminary data collected in previous studies conducted by the incumbent, including development of project objectives, experimental methods and project background information.
• This position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and mentorship (undergraduate student technicians), and general laboratory maintenance duties.
• The position will contribute to bionformatic analyses of whole genome sequence of Sorghum genomes.

Professional Competence: 15%
• The incumbent will present research at lab meetings. Presentations will be delivered in poster and oral presentation formats.
• Present research at lab meetings and to other campus groups. Presentations will be delivered in poster and oral presentation formats. The incumbent will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings, the Joint Bioenergy Institute and the UC Davis plant pathology department retreat and other local (on-campus) events.

University and Public Service: 5%
• As part of UC service and service to the public, the incumbent were help serve critical needs in advancing understanding of pathogen infection as a research scientist at UC Davis.
• As a component of university service, the incumbent may be asked to serve on one or more department committees, such as the Department Safety Committee or the Facilities Committee.
• As a public service, the incumbent will also be encouraged to deliver oral presentations at public events, such as those held at Winters High school.

Work Environment
• Must also be able to lift at least 30 lbs and work out of doors under challenging environmental conditions.

Job location: Department of Plant Pathology, Davis, CA

The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree (Plant Pathology or similar field).
    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)

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • Valid California driver’s license, as substantial travel within California is required
    • Knowledge of plant propagation and maintenance.

Preferred qualifications

    • Previous experience with DNA and RNA extractions, PCR, qRT-PCR and/or plant growth is preferred.

    • Previous research experience in a related area; minimum of one year research experience strongly preferred; experience working with plants and computational systems highly desirable.
    • Experience with aseptic technique; experience with bacterial culture techniques preferred.
    • Coding experience with Perl, Python or similar programming languages and C/C++
    • Experience with web designing, HTML and MySQL recommended
    • Knowledge of bioinformatics tools and databases
    • Basic skills with word processing, excel and powerpoint; some experience with statistical analysis and computational tools strongly preferred.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ideally with experience with both outreach and professional communication styles.
    • Experience with molecular biology highly desirable.

Application Requirements

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)
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Davis, CA