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Jr. Specialist- Monroe Lab

Position overview

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

Application Window

Open date: March 19, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Apr 3, 2024 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: Wednesday, Mar 19, 2025 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 Monroe lab in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California Davis is recruiting a Junior Specialist to join a team studying plant genomics and epigenomics. The candidate will specialize in molecular biology tools and techniques to measure genomic and epigenomic variation in plants. Work includes pant growth, sample collection, plant phenotyping, and laboratory techniques to prepare materials for DNA sequencing. The candidate will learn and develop protocols, working closely with students and postdocs in the lab. They will work closely with other lab members and assist in preparing manuscripts as co-authors for publication.

A. Engage in collaborative research in plant genomics and epigenomics.
1)Managing plants in growth chambers at UC Davis and collecting plant samples from locations in Davis and Winters, CA.
2) Master, enhance, and employ various laboratory techniques for the purification of nucleic acids and the preparation of libraries for next-generation sequencing using plant specimens.
B. Participate actively in both the reporting of research findings and the production of scholarly articles, contributing to discussions on research strategies and the interpretation of outcomes, as well as earning co-authorship on publications. Performance evaluations in research or outreach efforts relevant to the specific project may include:
1) Authorship/co-authorship on scholarly articles.
2) Dissemination of information of research findings at the university and other venues, reflecting the Jr. Specialist's research achievements.
3) Involvement in creating publications/patents, presenting findings at local or national conferences, and being invited to review articles for journals.

A. Attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest.
B. Participate and present in all lab meetings and participate in scientific discussions with peers to enhance confidence.
C. Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills depending on the candidate’s long-term goals

A. Assist in mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, and other lab members.
B. Assist in maintaining lab safety and operations.

Per UCD-APM 330, it is inappropriate to appoint an individual with a Master's or Doctoral degree in the relevant discipline or a baccalaureate degree plus three or more years of experience as a Junior Specialist. Candidates who hold a Masters or Doctoral degree will be disqualified from this search.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A. Bachelors degree (BS) in Biology or related field (must be obtained at the time of appointment)
B. Research experience in molecular biology techniques for genomics
C. Research experience in molecular biology techniques for epigenomics
D. Research experience in plant biology lab
E. Research experience in plant husbandry

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

F. Research experience in studying mutation bias in plants
G. Research experience studying nuclei isolation in plants
H. Collaborative research experience working with graduate students and postdocs

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

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