The Turner-Evans Lab Research Specialist

University of California, Santa Cruz
December 15, 2023
Offerd Salary:$51,300
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Contract Type:Other
Working Time:Full time
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Position overview

Position title: Turner-Evans Lab Research Specialist (Junior 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 $51,300-54,600.

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: As soon as November 1, 2023, but no later than December 15, 2023.

Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one (1) 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: August 3, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Sep 29, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Aug 2, 2024 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

Dan Turner-Evans in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a research specialist. The specialist will develop custom software and implement data analysis pipelines aligned with the Turner-Evans lab's aim of linking neural network connectivity and cellular biophysics to neural circuit function. Duties will include overseeing the custom hardware and software of the lab's virtual reality behavioral setup, assisting lab members with data analysis and display of microscopy data, and taking a leading role in supporting lab members with any computer-related questions. The specialist will also be expected to help develop an approach for modeling the biophysical properties of single neurons. This position will require the specialist to independently interpret neuroscience-related datasets and successfully work with experimental biologists to help analyze their data.

Applicants with experience with neuroscience, developing custom software to work with in-house hardware for animal behavior experiments, and analyzing and displaying biological data are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

The Turner-Evans Lab : https://

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • B.A./B.S. (or an equivalent foreign degree) in computer science, neuroscience, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, physics, or a field relevant to the advertised position.
  • Experience with developing custom code in Python to analyze and display data.
  • Experience with developing macros in Image J and Excel.
  • Application Requirements

    Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include three (3) professional references along with their contact information. The search committee will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application (two page maximum) that describes your research experience, qualifications, and interest as it relates to the position.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application. (Optional)

  • Apply link: https: //

    Help contact: [email protected]

    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.

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    Santa Cruz, California

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