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Staff Research Associate (SRA 1)

University of California - Davis
vision insurance, parental leave, paid time off, paid holidays, sick time, long term disability, tuition reimbursement
United States, California, Davis
Jun 22, 2024

Work as part of a research team under the direction of the PI studying the population genomics of mosquito vectors of human and animal diseases. These include Anopheles gambiae s.l., the principal vector of human malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which is the vector of dengue and Zika viruses and is an invasive mosquito species recently established in the state of California. Duties include molecular laboratory work (DNA extractions, PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, NGS library preparation, MassArray multiplex assays, etc.) and basic laboratory maintenance such as re-stocking consumable lab supplies and cleaning re-useable supplies. The lab assistant will have the opportunity, if desired, to travel to field sites in Sao Tome & Principe (west Africa) and, possibly, other sites in Africa to assist with Anopheles mosquito collections, processing, extraction, and laboratory setup.

Apply By Date

7/5/2024 by 11:59pm


Minimum Qualifications

For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to upload license, certification and/or educational degree if required of the position.

  • BS in biological sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience and basic computing skills with knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience (through employment or coursework) with DNA analytical methods (e.g. extraction, PCR, electrophoresis, sequencing)
  • Mathematical skills and knowledge to perform routine laboratory calculations for molecular biology applications.
  • Solid understanding of basic genetics and molecular biology.
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work with others in a collegial team environment.
  • Skills to follow detailed instructions on the conduct of laboratory protocols and understanding of the importance laboratory cleanliness and contamination prevention.
  • Willingness to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment and respond to unforeseen challenges and delays while remaining productive.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and/or experience with entomology or related organismal biology.
  • Background in population genetics, genomics and/or bioinformatics.
  • Computer programming skills.
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory equipment including autoclave, PCR machines, laboratory freezers, etc.

Key Responsibilities


Position Information

  • Salary or Pay Range: $25.75/hr. - $30.72/hr.
  • Salary Frequency: Biweekly
  • Salary Grade: 107
  • UC Job Title: SRA 1
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Appointment Type: Career
  • Percentage of Time: 100%
  • Shift Hours: Manager will advise
  • Location: Davis, CA
  • Union Representation: Yes - RX
  • Benefits Eligible: Yes
  • Hybrid/Remote/On-Site: On-Site


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  • High quality and low-cost medical plans to choose from to fit your family's needs
  • For eligible roles, UC pays for Dental and Vision insurance premiums for you and your family
  • Extensive leave benefits including Pregnancy and Parental Leave, Family & Medical Leave
  • Paid Holidays annually as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Paid Time Off/Vacation/Sick Time as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Continuing Education (CE) allowance and Education Reimbursement Program as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Access to free professional development courses and learning opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • WorkLife and Wellness programs and resources
  • On-site Employee Assistance Program including access to free mental health services
  • Supplemental insurance offered including additional life, short/long term disability, pet insurance and legal coverage
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) Qualified Employer & Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program for qualified roles
  • Retirement benefit options for eligible roles including Pension and other Retirement Saving Plans. More information on our retirement benefits can be found here
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Physical Demands

  • Lifting Requirements - Up to 50 Pounds (Medium) - Frequently
  • Physical Demands - Handle specimens in freezer room; Conduct repetitive PCR assays; Work in Biosafety Level 2 laboratories.

Work Environment

  • Work flexible schedule including rotating weekends and occasional holidays.
  • Work in areas where hazardous materials are present.
  • Work in open cubicle area where noise from others is present.
  • The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles. https://ucdavispolicy.ellucid.com/documents/view/271

Special Requirements

  • This is a critical position, as defined by UC policy and local procedures, and as such employment is contingent upon successful completion of background check(s), including but not limited to criminal record history background check(s)

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