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Junior Specialist - Todgham Lab

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This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in physiology, ecology, and conservation. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team in both field and laboratory settings.

The Junior Specialist will be required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities. This will be achieved through general and specific responsibilities. Generally, their role and duty in publishable research activities include participating in field and laboratory studies, fish and invertebrate care and husbandry and laboratory support (maintaining the lab, organizing lab, and lab supply ordering). Specific responsibilities in publishable research activities include: molecular bench work (RNA purification and quantification, cDNA library construction, PCR set up, and gel electrophoresis), biochemical analyses of tissues samples (protein extraction and quantification, western blot and dot blot analyses, and enzyme assays), measures of physiological and behavioral performance in aquatic species (metabolic rate, heart rate, swimming performance, anxiety and aggression) and data management.
The Junior Specialist will not be required to assist the PI in study design but will be required to collect and interpret data, specifically data arising from molecular, biochemical, physiological and behavioral analyses.
The Junior Specialist will be required to contribute to scholarly manuscripts through reviewing and commenting on draft manuscripts, literature searches, data collection and scoring, and helping to write methods sections. Specifically, the Junior Specialist will review and conduct peer reviewed literature searches relevant to scientific activities in the lab.

Professional Competence
If appropriate (e.g. the Junior Specialist is involved in a project and desires to do so), the Junior Specialist may present work at a scientific or scholarly conference, for example, the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. If interested, the Junior Specialist may participate in professional/technical societies, either to present research or as an attendant. A professional/technical society may include the Interagency Ecological Program.

University and Public Service
The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring high school and undergraduate interns and training them in molecular, biochemical or physiological techniques and data analysis.

• Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Biology or a related field
• Ability to maintain chemical inventories and laboratory safety data sheets.
• Experience in fish and aquatic invertebrate care and husbandry
• Ability to work outside in inclement weather
• Skills following research sampling protocol to handle and transport samples, and maintain records from sampling events and laboratory analyses.
• Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft suite (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint) for information outreach, data management, and summation.

• Ability to work in the rocky intertidal zone with knowledge of species identification along the Northern California coast.
• Knowledge and skills in constructing and modifying aquarium systems to accommodate animals of different life history stages and incorporate different environmental stressors.
• Knowledge and skills using R for graphing and statistical analyses
• Experience supervising and training high school or undergraduate interns
• Ability to maintain laboratory equipment including mass flow valves, handheld meters, centrifuges, thermocyclers, and incubators.
SALARY RANGE: Step I- $18.26 hourly or Step II - $19.48 hourly, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon the availability of funding. For full consideration, completed applications must be submitted by September 15, 2017. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide three letters of recommendation.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Anne Todgham,
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, or gender.

Job location

Davis, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested. (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 references required (contact information only)