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Junior Specialist - DePeters Lab

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This position will be involved in interdisciplinary research in the areas of ruminant nutrition and plant biology. The best candidate will have skills related to (1) ability and knowledge to work with livestock, (2) oral and written communication skills to work as a team member, (3) decision-making that allow independent work with little supervision.


The Junior Specialist will be involved in research that will lead to peer-reviewed publications. This research will involve the feeding of specific research diets to lactating dairy cattle and sheep. The Junior Specialist will be responsible for data collection and will help the supervisor with statistical analysis of the data. As a member of the research team the Junior Specialist will assist the weighing of feed, collection of samples (milk, feed, and feces), and the preparation of samples for analytical analyses. The Junior Specialist will also assist with the analysis of feed samples using existing methods and equipment for in vitro rumen fermentation.

The experimental design of research projects will be done by the supervisor in the Department of Animal Science and research collaborators in the Department of Plant Sciences. The Junior Specialist will be responsible for helping the research investigators to conduct the studies.

The Junior Specialist will assist with preparing peer-reviewed publications. Duties will include helping the supervisor with a literature search and data collection. The Junior Specialist will enter data into spreadsheets that will be used by the investigator for statistical analyses. The statistical analyses will be conducted by a collaborator in Plant Science, but the Junior Specialist will assist by organizing the data in spreadsheets that can be used in R statistical packages. The Junior Specialist will help the investigator in the preparation of manuscripts by reading drafts of the publication, and where necessary helping to write sections, for example helping to write the section related to materials and methods of the research.

Professional Competence

The Junior Specialist will assist the investigator in preparing and presentation written progress reports and final summaries to the granting agencies. Depending on interest and availability of research funds, the Junior Specialist may also present an abstract of the research findings at a scientific meeting (for example, annual meeting of American Society of Dairy Science) or a poster at a nutrition conference (for example, CA Animal Nutrition Conference in Fresno CA)

University and Public Service

The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as working with high school and undergraduate interns and training them in molecular lab work and data analysis.

• Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or a related field
• Ability to maintain chemical inventories and laboratory safety data sheets.
• Ability and experience to work with livestock including cattle and sheep.
• Knowledge of research protocol
• Knowledge of general animal nutrition
• Knowledge of basic animal care protocols required for research on campus with live animals.
• Knowledge of computer programs to collect and summarize data (Excel, Word) and to present research information (PowerPoint).

• Ability and previous experiences with feed/fecal analysis (for example fiber and crude fat determination)
• Knowledge and skills necessary to collect blood samples
• Experience using pipettes, analytical balances, top-loader balances, and drying ovens.
• Experience supervising and helping to train undergraduate interns to feed animals
• Knowledge of in vitro rumen fermentation methods

SALARY RANGE: Step I- $38,112 annual / $3,176 monthly or Step II - $40,656 annual / $3,388, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. For full consideration, completed applications must be submitted by March 27, 2018. 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: 1 year appointment. 100% time.

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 references, contact information only.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Edward J. DePeters,

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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)