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Jr. Specialist Shellfish Health Lab, BML

University of California - Davis
United States, California, Bodega Bay
Jun 21, 2024
Position overview
Salary range:
A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 yr. at Step 1

Application Window

Open date: April 5, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Apr 19, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Mar 14, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

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.

Position description



The position is 100% (full-time for 12 months) and is located at UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, Ca. This position will have laboratory duties under the supervision of California Department of Fish and Wildlife Shellfish Health Laboratory's and UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory Research Associate Colleen Burge. Overall, the goal of this position is to provide support for two projects focused on providing solutions for OsHV-1, a deadly oyster pathogen.

1) Assisting with the US West Coast sentinel monitoring program, "an early warning system" for pathogen detection for the US West Coast shellfish aquaculture industry including receiving and organizing samples for health examinations, necropsy, DNA extractions, and qPCR for oyster pathogens, primarily OsHV-1 and select Vibrio species.

2) Assisting with analysis of 16S bacterial community from samples collected during the 2020 US West Coast sentinel monitoring program.

3) Assisting with analysis of samples collected during experimental challenges of oysters including receiving and organizing samples, necropsy, DNA extractions, and qPCR for OsHV-1.

4) Assisting with general laboratory operations: Ordering supplies, lab organization, maintaining equipment, maintaining state and federal permits, and maintaining a safe and well-organized laboratory environment. Assisting with laboratory safety information and training.

5) Entering, organizing, analyzing, and interpretation of data. Opportunities for independence and leadership in research projects. Writing and presenting on research for public and scientific audiences.


The Junior Specialist is expected to actively support ongoing research activities for students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff. This will include, but may not be limited to, review and editing of proposals, presentation of results at scientific conferences, and providing feedback on manuscripts in preparation related to their area of expertise.

The Junior Specialist will be expected to participate in and contribute to the development of an inclusive and accessible working environment for our research program. The Jr. Specialist will also engage with the academic community at Bodega Marine Laboratory through participation in lab meetings and research seminars.

Where appropriate, the Jr. Specialist will be provided opportunities for co-authorship on published manuscripts and conference presentations.

III. University and Public Service (5% EFFORT)

The Junior Specialist will contribute to University and Public Service by:

* Participating in the mentorship of undergraduates, interns, and volunteers in the laboratory.

* Serving on local departmental or institute committees based upon the Jr. Specialist's areas of interest.

* Participating in lab group meetings and department and institute seminars and meetings.


* Move and maneuver equipment weighing up to 20 pounds

* Climb ladders

* Bend, stoop, and work in tight, confined areas

A Junior Specialist appointee should have a baccalaureate or similar degree in a discipline relevant or related to the research conducted in the unit hiring the appointee, or if lacking a relevant baccalaureate degree should have experience with the appropriate specialized research methods. In general, it is inappropriate to appoint an individual with a Master's or doctoral degree in the relevant discipline or a baccalaureate degree plus three or more years of experience with the specialized methods as a Junior Specialist.

Lab: https://marinescience.ucdavis.edu/bml/about

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

* B.S. in Biology, Microbiology, Marine Biology, or a related discipline

* Excellent communication skills

* Strong organizational skills

* Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

* Careful laboratory skills and experience with qPCR

* Knowledge and experience aquatic animal disease, aquatic animal epidemiology, molecular biology, metagenomics, host-pathogen biology, and/or disease diagnosis

* Experience with various software programs for data management, image analysis, and reporting (i.e., Excel, graphing procedures, statistical analysis, ImageJ, PowerPoint, R)

Application Requirements
Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Apply link:

Help contact: jgarzacastro@ucdavis.edu

About UC Davis

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

For the University of California's Affirmative Action Policy, please visit: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4010393/PPSM-20

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The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: "To Boldly Go," our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs' Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their "Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan." There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location
Bodega Bay, California
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