Lab Assistant (2 positions - 1 year limited term) 9/3/2016
University of California - Merced
JOB DESCRIPTIONAPPLY Lab Assistant (2 positions - 1 year limited term)
School of Natural Sciences
Review of applicants will begin 09/28/2015, however, the position will remain open until filled
$14.57 per Hour
Background check may be required
The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With approximately 7,300 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
The Lab Assistant will be responsible for developing SNP markers for Ponderosa pine alongside collaborators at Davis. The incumbent will locate and set up field sites in the Sierra Nevada. The Lab Assistant will also assist with equipment ordering and testing of protocols in the lab as well as cleaning and maintain the laboratory equipment. Complete literature searches to find data to parameterize forest models. Also responsible for assisting with data entry and analysis. The Lab Assistant will also be expected to participate in lab meetings and update his/her skills by reading and participating classes/workshops as necessary.
Experience with plant genetics, particularly sequencing and/or SNP markers OR Forest ecology field experience, including measuring and identifying trees, collecting seed, etc. OR a mixture of both types of experience
Communication skills to convey information accurately, clearly and concisely
Ability to work independently with high degree of accuracy
Ability to maintain clear records
Ability to organize and maintain a clean shared laboratory area
Demonstrated skill in setting priorities under conflicting demands of time to reflect overall goals
Demonstrated ability to operate PC or Mac with basic programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
Experience with plant propagation (preferred)
Experience with statistics and R (preferred)
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