Genomics Lab Assistant

University of California, Santa Cruz
October 27, 2023
Offerd Salary:$49,000 - $52,200
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Position overview

Position title: Genomics Lab Assistant (Junior- Assistant Specialist)

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, REPRESENTED SPECIALIST SERIES FISCAL YEAR. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 - $52,200.

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: August 1, 2023.

Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: April 26, 2023

Next review date: Friday, May 26, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Oct 27, 2023 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 Kelley and Cornejo Laboratories, both in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invite applications for the position of junior or assistant specialist in genomic DNA extraction, handling, and sequencing. Under the joint direction of Dr. Joanna Kelley and Dr. Omar Cornejo, the successful candidate will support and assist in research that uses a diversity of omic approaches, with an emphasis on genomics and transcriptomics, to understand how genetic variation is distributed among populations over geographic space, and how it changes through time.

The duties of this job are the following: 1) Extract DNA from a variety of tissues, using in-house protocols and standard kits. 2) Assess the quality of DNA extractions using PCR and other quantitation methods. 3) Prepare and quantify genomic libraries for next-generation sequencing. 4) Prepare and quantify cDNA libraries for next-generation sequencing. 5) Perform next generation sequencing using standard Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) equipment. 6) Perform preliminary quality control analyses of recovered data using bioinformatics approaches.

The selected candidate must be able to learn new techniques and implement protocols with attention to detail and to participate in the research of UCSC faculty through DNA extraction, genomic library preparation, sequencing, analytical measurements, and through training and supervision of users.

Applicants with experience or expertise in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: • Experience using the Illumina sequencing platform. • Experience with library preparation for other sequencing technologies including PacBio, Oxford nanopore. • Experience in ribosome depletion or poly-A library preparation for transcriptome analyses. • Experience in CpG depletion for microbiome enrichment library preparation. • Experience with management of human samples.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Bachelor's degree or higher (or equivalent foreign degree) in molecular or evolutionary biology, or related scientific field.
  • A minimum of one year of previous experience in laboratory research.
  • 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.
  • Application Requirements

    Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include the contact information for a minimum of three professional references. The committee will contact the references of the applicants who are under serious consideration

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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    Campus Information

    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, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

    Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https: // www. The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https: //

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    If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at [email protected] (831) 459-4602.

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    The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https: //

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC- recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus Health Center site

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    Job location

    Santa Cruz, California

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