The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a junior specialist position. Under the direction of Professor Alan Zahler, the selected candidate will contribute to a research program working to understand the mechanisms that ensure splice site fidelity in the spliceosome. The position will focus on control of mRNA processing and require background and experience in molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry. Duties will include generation of C. elegans strains (via mutagenesis, CRISPR/Cas9, genetic crosses) and nucleic acid extraction and analysis (including deep sequencing, and reverse transcription and PCR analysis). The position will require the candidate to employ excellent communication skills; effectively plan and execute research projects; and successfully work both independently and collaboratively. The candidate will also be the main contact for laboratory safety and help to support the undergraduate assistants in the lab.
We have a preference for candidates who possess any or all of the following preferred qualifications: Experience with gene expression; experience with the nematode C. elegans; experience with single nucleotide resolution gel electrophoresis; experience with single animal genomic analysis; and experience with alternative pre-mRNA splicing analysis. Applicants with expertise in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply.
The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.