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Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 at Step 1 or $54,700 at Step 2
Review timeline: 08/07/2023 to 8/18/2023

Application Window

Open date: July 31, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Aug 14, 2023 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: Tuesday, Jul 30, 2024 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 is 100% (full-time) and is located at UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, CA. This position will have laboratory duties under the supervision of UC Davis Academic Administrator Dr. Frederick, director of the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Shellfish Health Laboratory’s Dr. Burge. The white abalone is an ESA-listed endangered species which was overfished in the 20th century and is now on the brink of extinction. Outplanting of captively bred animals is the essential method of saving the species. The goal of this position is to contribute to the successful captive rearing and health maintenance of endangered white abalone as part of recovery efforts for the species.



· Assist with the health maintenance of captive white abalone at Bodega Marine Laboratory and partner institutions, including performing health examinations, feces testing, qPCR, necropsy, and histology, especially related to the agent of withering syndrome (Xenohaliotis californiensis), shell-boring organisms, and other abalone pathogens and symbionts.

· Communicate results of health examinations, feces testing, qPCR, and other health data to partner facilities holding white abalone.

· Assist in maintaining ongoing laboratory experiments related to white abalone health.

· Assist with the general care of endangered white abalone held at Bodega Marine Laboratory, including feeding animals, cleaning animal holding areas and related seawater systems, changing filters, and maintaining pumps, temperature systems, UV units, LED lighting, and timeclocks.

· Assist with acquiring food for captive white abalone held at Bodega Marine Laboratory, including field collection of wild kelp and other seaweeds, maintenance of a dulse culture, and travel to Monterey and other areas in California to acquire harvested kelp.

· Assist with general laboratory operations: Ordering supplies, lab organization, maintaining equipment, maintaining state and federal permits, and maintaining a safe and well-organized laboratory environment. Preparing supplies for animal assessments and spawning events, acquiring and managing samples, working with fellow animal care staff and volunteers and develop schedules for animal care and life support systems maintenance. Assisting with laboratory safety information and training.

· Enter, organize, analyze, and interpret data. Opportunities for independence and leadership in research projects. Write and present on research for public and scientific audiences.

· Actively support ongoing research activities for students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff. This will include, but may not be limited to, review and editing of proposals, presentation of results at scientific conferences, and providing feedback on manuscripts in preparation related to their area of expertise.

· Assist with writing progress and final reports for the Endangered Species permit and funding agencies.


· Participate in and contribute to the development of an inclusive and accessible working environment for our research program.

· Engage with the academic community at Bodega Marine Laboratory through participation in lab-wide meetings and research seminars. Participate in appropriate professional societies, including presentations at professional meetings.


· Participate in the mentorship of undergraduates, interns, and volunteers in the laboratory.

· Serve on local departmental or institute committees based upon the Jr. Specialist’s areas of interest.

· Participate in educational activities oriented to the public at the Bodega Marine Laboratory and on campus, as well as presentations to regulatory agency staff as requested.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• B.S. in Biology, Microbiology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, or a related discipline
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

• Sterile technique and experience with qPCR
• Knowledge and experience aquatic animal disease, aquatic animal epidemiology, molecular biology, metagenomics, host-pathogen biology, and/or disease diagnosis
• Experience with animal care and/or marine aquaculture
• Experience with marine invertebrate spawning and larval culture
• Experience with various software programs for data management, image analysis, and reporting (i.e., Excel, graphing procedures, statistical analysis, ImageJ, PowerPoint, R)

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • 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 for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Provide 3 references , 3 required professional references and 2 optional personal references

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Job location

Bodega Bay, California