We are seeking a motivated Junior Specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California Davis.
POSITION DESCRIPTION for Junior Specialist in the Eskalen Lab NATURE AND PURPOSE The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE RESEARCH (80%): The incumbent of this position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
Conduct research on new aspects of continuing projects under supervision of Principal Investigator. Assist in designing field and laboratory experiments and methodologies. Perform molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction and PCR. Keep detailed records of field and laboratory techniques. Follow written protocols for methods developed during the course of research projects. Maintain regular communication with other laboratory personnel, students, trainees, visitors, and the Principal Investigator. Support other lab personnel with various research projects.
Assist with research reports for publications in peer reviewed journals by organizing all the data collected regarding the viral effects from the biological assays. The data should then be analyzed by professional programs and methods that are instructed by the PI. The incumbent will work with the PI to compile their findings in a professional manner suited to the targeted journal's preference including photos, charts and data. He/she will then present work progress in lab meetings and other venues as opportunity arises.
Assist with greenhouse trials on fungal diseases on different crops, sample collection, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and contribution to resulting reports to funding agencies.
Project development will involve active engagement of literature including use of literature for hypothesis development, development and optimization of protocols and analytical methods. Some literature will be provided (books, articles), but it is expected that the incumbent will conduct literature searches to identify additional materials.
As a full-time lab member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, and general laboratory maintenance including maintenance of culture collections, lab supply inventory and general lab organization. The incumbent will also mentor undergraduate students and technicians.
Maintain records of all results of laboratory and field experiments, enter them into computer spreadsheets and databases, and conduct analyses to illustrate and interpret the results. Perform statistical analysis of data.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE (15%)
The incumbent will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the UC Davis plant pathology department retreat and other local (on-campus) events, as well as opportunities to present at statewide or national conferences. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise. . Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.
UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco free-campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors including parking lots and residential spaces. This position requires at least a Baccalaureate or similar degree in Plant Pathology, or related discipline. Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor's degrees and three years' relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.