Genomics Institute: Junior Specialist, Evolution of Gene Regulatory Networks (Open until filled. Apply by 11/4/2020)
The Genomics Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Junior Specialist, Evolution of Gene Regulatory Networks supervised by Dr. Sofie Salama. The junior specialist will work as part of a team to participate in performing cell culture and molecular biology research experiments aimed at understanding the evolution and function of new gene regulatory networks that emerged recently in the human lineage and are derived from retrotransposons and KRAB Zinc Fingers. This work will involve culturing human and non-human primate pluripotent stem cells as well as standard human cancer cell lines, RNA and protein isolation, luciferase reporter assays and Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP-Seq) library generation and analysis. In addition to performing these duties, the incumbent will support lab operations by assisting with ordering, chemical waste disposal, equipment maintenance and related functions. The candidate will also be expected to keep a detailed laboratory notebook and prepare written and oral reports describing experiment results. The candidate will be expected to learn new techniques and implement protocols, have strong attention to detail, demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, exercise good time management and problem-solving skills, and work effectively in a team environment.
Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: pluripotent stem cell culture and/or high throughput sequencing library generation and analysis.
ACADEMIC TITLE Junior Specialist
SALARY Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Bachelor's Degree (or an equivalent foreign degree) in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline at the time of application.
At least one year of biological wet lab experience, including mammalian cell culture and molecular biology experiments, that was achieved while earning or after obtaining the degree.
POSITION AVAILABLE As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
DURATION OF POSITION Initial appointment will be full time for one year. 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.
Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position, and describes in detail your experience with the following areas (required): a. Supporting lab operations (ordering, chemical waste disposal, equipment maintenance and related functions). b. Mammalian and pluripotent stem cell culture. c. Molecular biology techniques including RNA and protein isolation and characterization, luciferase reporter assays and ChIP.
Curriculum vitae (required).
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 4, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
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