Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: DNA Manipulation and Sequencing Specialist (Open until filled. Apply by 8/26/2020)
The UCSC Paleogenomics Laboratory, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for Specialist positions in genomic DNA extraction, handling, and sequencing. Under the direction of Dr. Beth Shapiro and Dr. Richard (Ed) Green, the successful candidates will support and assist in research that uses a genomics approach to understand how genetic variation is distributed among populations over geographic space, and how this changes through time.
The duties of this job are to: 1) extract DNA from a variety of tissues, including bone, hair, and other tissues, using in-house protocols; 2) assess the quality of DNA extractions using PCR and other quantitation methods; 3) prepare and quantify genomic libraries for next-generation sequencing; 4) perform next generation sequencing using standard Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) equipment; and 5) perform preliminary quality control analyses of recovered data using bioinformatics approaches. Selected candidates must be able to learn new techniques and implement protocols with attention to detail; participate in the research of UCSC faculty through DNA extraction, genomic library preparation, sequencing, analytical measurements; and provide training and supervision of Paleogenomics Laboratory users.
Applicants with expertise using the Illumina sequencing platform are strongly encouraged to apply.
SALARY Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Bachelor's degree or higher (or equivalent foreign degree) in Molecular or Evolutionary Biology or related scientific field at the time of application.
One or more years of laboratory research experience.
Knowledge of and experience with troubleshooting DNA extraction, PCR amplification, genomic library preparation, and DNA sequencing protocols.
Bioinformatic skills, including knowledge of command-line interfaces and UNIX as well as pipelines for analysis of quality control of NGS data.
POSITION AVAILABLE As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
DURATION OF POSITION Initial appointment will be full-time for one year with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
Reference Requirement Applicants must provide the names and contact information of two professional references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
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RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by August 26, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
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