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Lab Assistant
Job Category:   Scientific/Laboratory Research
Unit:   School of Natural Sciences
Position Code:   SNS5909A
Status:   Open
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin on 3/31/2015 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Salary:   $14.57 Hourly
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

To undertake all activities involved in nucleic acid analyses of as instructed by supervisor (e.g. collection, curation, extraction, PCR, library prep, sequencing – Sanger, NextGen, analyses inc. bioinformatics). Also to participate in all activities related to maintaining a clean, orderly, functioning laboratory (e.g. ordering, reorganization, attending lab meetings, and consultation with supervisor, database management, and record keeping). Perform general laboratory chores (housekeeping duties).

Qualifications:   • MS in biological sciences with experience in molecular biology.

• Experienced in genomic / NextGen molecular laboratory methods and bioinformatics.

• Previous experience working in neurobiology, molecular biology and/or genetics lab.

• Skill to organize and prioritize a diversified workload with attention to detail and multiple deadlines.

• Demonstrated organizational skills for field / lab usage assignments and coordination.

• Demonstrated ability to function efficiently and well in a team environment.

• Effective interpersonal skills to establish & maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff and students.

• Demonstrated ability to maintain accurate database files.

• Demonstrated ability to operate a networked PC in Windows and/or Mac environment.

• Perform word processing using Microsoft Word and data entry on PC and/or Mac.

• Responsible for maintaining clean and safe work environment and keeping laboratory stocked.

• Knowledge of routine maintenance and proper use of laboratory equipment.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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