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Assistant Specialist- Schreier Lab

Application Window

Open date: July 28th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Aug 11, 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: Friday, Feb 11, 2022 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 (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.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology or Animal Science, or Bachelor degree in Biology plus two or more years of research experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
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.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE

I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (75% EFFORT)

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).

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (15% EFFORT)

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.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (10% EFFORT)

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.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for three references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04304

QUESTIONS: Please direct any questions to Andrea Schreier, amdrauch@ucdavis.edu

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, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/dod4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathfree.ucdavis.edu/.)
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology or Animal Science, or Bachelor degree in Biology plus two or more years of research experience.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    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.

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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04304

Help contact: lllovgren@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA