September 18, 2016
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Staff Research Associate

University of California - Riverside - Riverside, CA

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  • Company
    University of California - Riverside University of California - Riverside
  • Location
    Riverside, CA
  • Job Type
  • Job Classification
    Full Time
  • Experience
    Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
  • Education
    Bachelors Degree
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Job Description



Full Time
8AM - 5PM
$47,124 - $75,840


Provide technical support for the PI's research group, including: overseeing of permit applications and ensuring compliance with quarantine protocols for insects and plant pathogens; collection and maintenance of insect colonies and cultures of plant pathogens; ensuring research spaces are clean and orderly in compliance with EH&S safety practices; ordering supplies and maintaining chemical safety training records for members of the group; daily maintenance of laboratory equipment; disposal of hazardous materials according to EH&S protocols. Under the direction of the PI, the incumbent will assist with conducting laboratory and field experiments relating to pathogen-plant-insect interactions and chemical ecology, including: vector-mediated pathogen transmission using aphids or whiteflies; insect performance assays; collection and processing of headspace volatiles samples and data analysis; metabolite extraction and derivatization; insect behavioral assays; electrical penetration graphing data collection and analysis; and preparation of materials for publications and presentation. Incumbent will also provide technical assistance to students, post-doctoral researchers, and other scientists as directed by the PI.
Final candidates will be requested to provide unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts.


Bachelor level degree in Entomology, Ecology, Evolution or a related life science.
Good working knowledge of initiating and maintaining colonies of herbivorous and predatory insects that have a variety of dietary and environmental condition requirements.
Good working knowledge of methods and equipment for observing, measuring, and quantifying insect behaviors.
Good working knowledge of insect identification using taxonomic keys, insect ecology and natural history.
Good working knowledge of standard statistical software (e.g., Minitab, R, SPSS, or other similar programs). Working knowledge of high resolution graphing methods (e.g., use of Excel, Sigmaplot or other similar graphing software). Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.
Must be physically and mentally capable of close physical contact and routine work with a wide variety of insect species. This position is not suitable for someone with fear of insects, allergies to insects, or allergies to materials essential for insect rearing (e.g., flowering plants, artificial diets).
Must be capable of physical labor under field conditions, such as use of sweep nets to capture insects, carrying of heavy equipment (e.g., portable volatile collection units).
Minimum of 2 years of work experience in a research laboratory.


Masters degree in Entomology, Ecology, Evolutionary biology, or related life science field.
Familiarity with volatile collections and associated downstream analytical pipelines for quantification and identification of volatile organic compounds produced by insects, animals, or plants.
Ability to handle very small, live insects without imposing harm (e.g., in order to conduct pathogen transmissions or EPG experiments).
Familiarity with use of microscopes.
Familiarity with plant and insect culture in growth chambers and greenhouses.
Familiarity with electrical penetration graphing technique or other similar techniques for assessing insect responses to plant cues.
Familiarity with USDA and other regulatory agency permit application procedures.
Experience with insect curatorial work.
Experience with software for analyzing tissue loss or color variations in plant leaves (e.g., Adobe Photoshop and/or Image J). Experience with photography of insects and/or plants.
Prior experience using insects as a tool for mentoring or outreach.


In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #12 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 55th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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