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Jr. Specialist - Blatchford Lab

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This position provides technical, scientific and organizational assistance to Dr. Richard Blatchford’s research and extension program in the Department of Animal Science, which focuses on the husbandry, behavior, and welfare of poultry. The research is designed to understand how housing design and management affect the behavior, health, and physiology of poultry. The research contributes to both the generation of fundamental knowledge about these species and improved understanding of humane husbandry practices.
The Junior Specialist will be required to actively coordinate, conduct, and oversee field research, experiments, and make local field arrangements. Arrange for assistance from county- and campus- based staff and other collaborators to facilitate research as necessary. Requires ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to special and changing needs of the field activities. Establish protocol and perform a limited number of non-standard field – based experiments. Ability to design unique experimental equipment. With PI guidance develop novel analytical approaches for housing design and management for poultry. Search out lab sources for further information, develop co-operation among departments. Report research and study progress, summarize and interpret preliminary data to PI, internal departments, and external sponsors.
The Junior Specialist will not be required to assist the PI in study design, but will be required to collect, organize, and summarize field and laboratory data. Evaluate data and prepare tables and graphs for publication. Calculate statistics as needed using SAS and/or Excel. Draft reports and sections of publications and presentations. 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.
The Junior Specialist will also take a lead in laboratory management including overseeing safety training and record keeping for the laboratory. Track and reconcile expenses in Excel spreadsheets. General record keeping of chemical and safety records, lab protocols, training of students in lab safety. Maintain video equipment and other tools used in the laboratory, liaising with product specialists as necessary. Maintain and update inventory and order supplies. Maintain computers, files, and programs with appropriate backup for all computers under supervision. Development/revision of appropriate standard operating procedure (SOP) for lab procedures.
University and Public Service
The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as schedule, train and supervise undergraduate student assistants. Instruct and train visiting scholars, graduate students, staff, and volunteers in laboratory procedures.

• Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or related field

• Valid California driver’s license.

• Demonstrated experience conducting scientific research including evidence of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to special and changing needs of activities.

• Must speak and write fluent English, ability to speak Spanish is desirable.

• Demonstrated experience with animal research, utilization of research animals, and understanding/compliance with animal care protocols and regulations.

• Willingness and interest to learn new techniques and to work with poultry.

• Demonstrated computer skills in word processing, data analysis, and statistical software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SAS and/or Minitab and troubleshooting experience.

• Demonstrated organizational expertise in maintaining records, ordering supplies, updating inventories, and safety records.

• Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to work with a diverse team from different backgrounds and with varying skill levels for the purpose of assisting/teaching/supervising laboratory members and student researchers in research protocols and laboratory safety as well as coordinating student schedules with the needs of laboratory projects.

• Ability to conduct library and database searches and synthesize acquired knowledge effectively in writing and apply it to research processes.

• Ability to lift at least 50 lbs and carry short distances.

• Ability to work outdoors for up to 8 hours/day in summer and winter as needed.

• Availability to work on nights/evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.


• Experience working on experimental and commercial poultry facilities.

• Experience conducting applied behavioral research.

• Experience collecting physiological samples for hormone assays, tissue collection, and necropsies.

• 1+ years experience with all the tasks described here within.

SALARY RANGE: Step I- $3,176 monthly 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 {date}. 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 Dr. Richard Blatchford,

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 letters of reference required