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Molecular Biology Specialist

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Salary range: $44,500/year
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: 7/1/2021
Position duration: Up to two years

Application Window

Open date: April 23rd, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 22, 2022 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

The laboratory of Assistant Professor Maggie Sogin invites applicants for a Junior Specialist within the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Merced. The candidate will be responsible for performing, documenting and reporting on experimental work centered on exploring the microbial ecology of seagrass meadows. Day-to-day activities in the laboratory will include (but are not limited to): microbial cultivation, DNA and RNA isolation, PCR amplification, and mass spectrometry sample preparation and analysis. The candidate will also be expected to preform field-based experiments and collections along the Northern Californian coast. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to student training of laboratory protocols and coordinate activities in the research group. The candidate will also be responsible for organizing and maintaining the laboratory space, including ordering of equipment and consumables. The candidate will receive training as needed for each of their tasks. Experience in microbial ecology research or mass spectrometry analysis is highly sought. The candidate is expected to be a quality communicator with a strong work ethic and willingness to promote a healthy work environment.


Basic qualifications

    • BS in Biology or related field
    • Experience in standard laboratory techniques (e.g., pipettes, making solutions, etc.)

Additional qualifications

    • Experience in general molecular biology techniques, including DNA/RNA extractions

Preferred qualifications

    • Either experience bioinformatic analysis or mass spectrometry analysis (metabolite extract, GCMS, LC-MS)
    • Experience in microbial cultivation

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Please provide name and contact information for two references.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual 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 (

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Job location

Merced, CA