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Molecular Ecology & Genomics Laboratory Technician / Manager (Open Rank)

Recruitment Period

Open June 8th, 2020 through Monday, Aug 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


A lab tech/manager position is available in the lab of Professor Michael Dawson. This position is to support comparative population genomic analyses of multiple coastal marine species with the goal of describing the historical dynamics (e.g. demography) and current sources of geographic structure within and among species and the communities of which they are a part. The lab wishes to understand associations between organisms, drivers of ecological dynamics, and the implications of the modern distributions of genomic variation for conservation in a changing seascape. The principal duties are:

  • coordinating and scheduling fieldwork and meetings
  • specimen collection, cataloguing, curation, and databasing
  • DNA/RNA purification, quantification
  • sequencing library preparation
  • sequencing and data curation
  • participation in lab and project management and meetings

Other potential activities include:

  • assist in preparation of reports, manuscripts, and grant proposals
  • co-author oral and poster presentations
  • supervise and train undergraduate students
  • other tasks as required to accomplish the preceding duties.

Minimum qualifications for this position includes a B.S. in a relevant area, knowledge of and experience with wetlab techniques for DNA analyses and sequencing, ability to effectively manage tasks, things, and time, demonstrated ability to work as a team member, and well-developed communication skills (especially verbal but also writing).

Interested applicants are required to submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) a CV, and 3) a list of three references.

Review of applications will begin on 6/22/2020; this search will be open until the position is filled with a final closing date of 8/31/2020.

For more information, please contact Professor Michael Dawson at

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Job location

Merced, California


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • List of 3 References - Please include a list of three references, to include names, contact information, institution and relationship.