Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology: Research Specialist (Open until filled, initial application deadline 10/22/18)
Open date: September 20th, 2018
Last review date:October 22nd, 2018 Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 28th, 2019 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.
The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (https://mcd.ucsc.edu) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Research Specialist. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Olena Morozova Vaske, the Research Specialist will contribute to a research program in pediatric cancer genomics (https://treehousegenomics.soe.ucsc.edu/) by helping launch the molecular biology component of the program. Duties will include supporting human cell culture activities, performing nuclear acid extraction and analysis, planning and performing experiments, and helping develop lab protocols for NGS library construction and sequencing. The Research Specialist will also manage chemical inventory and safety records, interpret data, and write lab protocols. The selected candidate will be expected to stay up-to-date with the scientific literature in the field and contribute to manuscripts, presentations, and grant proposals as needed. This position will require the incumbent to employ excellent attention to detail, demonstrate the potential to independently design and execute experiments, and successfully work as a member of a diverse, interdisciplinary research team.
Applicants with any of the following are strongly encouraged to apply: an M.S. or M.A. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics, or a related field; expertise in RNA sequencing; experience in NGS technologies (exome sequencing, whole genome sequencing, amplicon, and/or hybridization-based gene panel sequencing); experience with mammalian cell culture; and/or demonstrated experience setting up a new NGS workflow.
SALARY $49,700 - $67,900 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
B.S. or B.A. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics, or a related field, at the time of application.
A minimum of two years of post-baccalaureate research experience using molecular biology techniques in a research or clinical laboratory.
Experience using general molecular biology techniques, including: nucleic acid extraction and quantification, PCR/RT/PCR/qPCR, capillary electrophoresis, CRISPR-Cas9, blot analyses, and dot and reverse dot blots.
POSITION AVAILABLE As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
DURATION OF POSITION Initial appointment will be fulltime for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
Curriculum vitae (required)
Reference Requirement Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by October 22, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
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