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Junior Specialist - Xu Lab 2023

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 at step 1

Application Window

Open date: October 19, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Nov 15, 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: Friday, Mar 1, 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 Xu Lab in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis is seeking a Junior Specialist at 100% time to contribute to plant developmental biology and single-cell genomics research.

A. Research and lab maintenance (90%): The Junior Specialist will work closely with PI and lab members to plan and conduct experiments on plant development and evolution. The candidate will maintain large experiments in the field, growth chamber, and greenhouse contexts. The candidate will also oversee the seed storage unit and track the inventory. The candidate will discuss and interpret their research results with lab members and will co-author the resulting publications as appropriate. In addition, the Junior specialist will help keep the lab running smoothly by ordering reagents and equipment, managing inventory, maintaining specialized equipment such as freezers and microscopies, keeping benches and workspaces clean, preparing buffers, competent cells, media, and reagents for ongoing lab projects, and helping to create a culture of safety in the laboratory.

B. Professional Competence and Activity (5%) The candidate will attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest, participate and present in lab meetings and participate in scientific discussions with colleagues, and may engage in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills depending on the candidate’s long-term goals.

C. University and Public Service (5%) The Junior Specialist will participate in public outreach activities and will help with the mentoring of undergraduate students or student interns.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences, Evolution, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or another related field. Applicants do not need to have their degree at the time of application but must have it before starting the position.
  2. Experience in molecular protocols, DNA or RNA focused
  3. Experience in plant research experiments and data collection
  4. Familiarity with standard software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  1. Experience in designing, maintaining, and harvesting large-scale experiments in fields, greenhouses, and chambers.
  2. Experience in CRISPR gene-editing
  3. Experience in imaging with fluorescence and/or confocal microscopies.
  4. Experience in using bioinformatics tools, packages, and algorithms in Linux, R, python, etc.
  5. Highly motivated and organized, and able to communicate efficiently in writing and verbally.

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.

  • Official Transcript

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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