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Academic Coordinator, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Application Window

Open date: August 25th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 8, 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, Dec 31, 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

Nature and Purpose:
Academic Coordinators are appointees who administer academic programs that provide service closely related to the teaching or research mission of the University. This service may be provided to academic departments, to organized research units, to students, or to the general public. Determination of the appropriate level for an appointment for an Academic Coordinator shall take into consideration such factors as program scope and complexity. The duties of an Academic Coordinator are primarily administrative. Individuals in an Academic Coordinator title who are assigned research or instructional duties are required to hold a dual title.

This is a 100% 11 month position in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Biological Sciences. The Academic Coordinator (AC) will assist in the following capstone laboratory courses:

MCB120L - Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Laboratory
MCB140L - Cell Biology Laboratory
MCB160L - Genetics Laboratory

The capstone lab courses in MCB represent a unique blend of course specific information from each major and experiential learning activities that prepares students to develop an understanding of the quality of experimental data, to construct productive scientific hypotheses, to apply modern experimental techniques to testing scientific hypotheses and to effectively communicate scientific experimental studies to the scientific community and the public. The Academic Coordinator (AC) will be responsible for ensuring the consistency of material between lab sections, the modernization and optimization of laboratory techniques, and the assessment of how the lab experience reinforces to major specific learning objectives.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

I. Coordination of Academic Programs (90%)
The Academic Coordinator is responsible for the following aspects of the MCB major lab courses:

  1. Program planning and development: The AC will consult with instructors and staff on an quarterly basis to identify areas in the curriculum that require improvement or further development. This will inform their plan to develop, test, update and implement lab modules in the lab courses. Where appropriate, lab modules will be designed into CUREs for implementation by faculty.
  2. Lab course infrastructure: The AC will serve as a liaison between the staff, teaching assistants (TAs), instructors, the Management Services Officer (MSO), Chair and Vice Chair of Instruction. The AC will assist in: the operation, instruction and maintenance of equipment; the preparation of experiments; inventory, stocking and organization of teaching labs; as needed, train first time TAs in the detailed running of the lab sections so they are prepared to provide quality instruction.
  3. Evaluation and assessment of lab courses and academic program: The AC will monitor lab courses and sections for consistency in teaching objectives, coverage of material and level of difficulty in completing tasks. On an annual basis and in consultation with instructors, the AC will design program level assessments to monitor how well lab courses meet the broader learning objectives of the majors.
  4. Development of proposal for extramural funding: The AC will work independently and with instructors to identify lab activities that would benefit from support resources. The AC will work independently or collaboratively with instructors to develop grant proposals to support the teaching lab goals. II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%) The academic coordinator will participate in professional and service activities as needed, including attending conferences. III. Unversity and Public Service (5%) The Academic Coordinator will participate in the administration of their units and the University through appropriate roles in governance and policy formulation . The Academic Coordinator will participate in service activities on UC Davis committees. In addition, they may represent the University in their special capacity as scholars during the discharge of their responsibilities .

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Ken Kaplan; kbkaplan@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 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 http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
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Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Master of Science in biological sciences with an experimental emphasis.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    Demonstrated experience in designing and administering a biology-oriented laboratory program for undergraduate student research projects (e.g., CUREs), including but not limited to experience in resource allocation, scheduling and working with graduate student researchers.

    Desired experience in developing teaching plans with detailed learning objectives connected to experiential learning lab projects in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics and genomics and/or cell biology.

    Desired experience supervising others in developing projects and in using state-of-the art digital communication and management tools, such as Slack, MS OneNote or Teams.

Preferred qualifications

    PhD or equivalent in the biological sciences with an experimental emphasis.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04328

Help contact: kkeehn@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