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Jr. Specialist - Knapp Lab

Application Window

Open date: August 20th, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Oct 22, 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, Jun 30, 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 Knapp Lab is seeking a Junior Specialist with a background in biochemistry, chemistry, plant biology or related field with an interest in fruit aroma chemistry research. The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Steven Knapp and closely with the laboratory manager, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and strawberry breeding program personnel.
The successful candidate will be actively involved in publishable research activities such as collecting and preparing fruit samples for organic compound analysis in the lab using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), as well as the organization and interpretation of data. Other responsibilities will include maintaining equipment and laboratory documentation, including data files. The successful candidate will contribute to research planning, data collection, analysis, and data interpretation with opportunities for co-authorship and/or acknowledgement in publications. The ideal candidate will have interest and experience in research related to biochemistry and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, as well as laboratory skills to implement protocols, communicate effectively, and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry-level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field or with a bachelors degree and three years of relevant work experience (see APM-UCD 330)

A. Research in specialized areas (90%)

• Analyze volatile organic compounds of strawberry juice samples using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS).
• Collect and prepare strawberry fruit samples for GC-MS analysis following a standardized protocol.
• Analyze samples for other fruit quality traits, e.g. sugar content, total acid content, and anthocyanin content.
• Organize, analyze, and interpret data.
• Participate in discussions with PI and lab personnel regarding results and interpretations of data to assist in the design of future experiments.
• Contribute to drafting and reviewing manuscripts and outreach materials.
• Contribute to the development of figures and tables for manuscripts.
• Assist in the maintenance of laboratory documentation and data files.
• Assist other laboratory personnel with laboratory, greenhouse, and field research activities, including sample collection and processing.

B. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

• Attend seminars on topics related to plant biochemistry, agronomy, horticultural science, and plant breeding.
• Attend symposia, conferences, field days etc., e.g. Annual Plant Science Symposium and UC Davis Plant Breeding Retreat.
• Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills.

C. University and Public Service (5%)

• Present to and engage with visiting scientist and industry representatives.
• Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus, and other University entities, as appropriate.

Qualifications
Required
A. Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Plant Biology, or a closely related field at time of appointment.
B. Experience with Gas chromatography/Mass spectroscopy
C. Flexible and capable of multitasking
D. Capable of thinking and working independently and collaboratively
E. Creative, organized, and eager to learn new skills
Preferred
F. Experience conducting laboratory research
G. Experience handling plant materials
H. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

This is a 100% appointment for one year with the potential to extend based on performance and funding availability.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    A. Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Plant Biology, or a closely related field at time of appointment.

    B. Experience with Gas chromatography/Mass spectroscopy
    C. Flexible and capable of multitasking

    D. Capable of thinking and working independently and collaboratively
    E. Creative, organized, and eager to learn new skills

Preferred qualifications

    F. Experience conducting laboratory research
    G. Experience handling plant materials
    H. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04409

Help contact: craubach@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

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Job location

Davis