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Junior Specialist - Mienaltowski Lab

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This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in physiology, microbiology, and genomics. 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 the field (on farm) and laboratory studies, interaction with horses and laboratory support (maintaining and organizing laboratory supplies pertaining to this microbiome project). Specific responsibilities in publishable research activities include molecular bench work (DNA purification and quantification, PCR for bar-coded library construction, and gel electrophoresis), biochemical analyses of milk with enzyme assays, genomic analysis of microbiome data, 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 bench work, enzyme assays, and microbial genomic analyses.
The Junior Specialist will be required to contribute to scholarly manuscripts through reviewing and commenting on draft manuscripts, literature searches, data collection and processing, and helping to write methods sections and prepare figures. Moreover, the Junior Specialist will occasionally conduct peer reviewed literature searches relevant to scientific activities in the lab.

Professional Competence
If appropriate, the Junior Specialist may present work at a scientific or scholarly conference, for example, meeting likes the Equine Science Society Meeting or the American Society of Animal Science. If interested, the Junior Specialist may participate in on-campus multi-disciplinary microbiome initiatives.

University and Public Service
The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring 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, laboratory safety data sheets, and standard operating procedures.
• 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.

• Experience in interacting with and handling horses, as well as judging their behavior
• Knowledge of QIIME, LefSe, STAMP, and other such microbiome software
• Knowledge and skills using R for graphing and statistical analyses
• Knowledge of biochemistry, metabolism, microbiology, and horse nutrition
• Ability to maintain laboratory equipment including pipettors, thermocyclers, and centrifuges.

SALARY RANGE: Step I- $18.26 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 19, 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, 25% appointment (350 hours from September 2017-May 2017), starting as early as 9/25/2017.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and up to three references, contact information only. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Michael Mienaltowski,

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
  • Cover Letter

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

  • 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.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)