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Lab Assistant (2 positions - 1 year limited term)
Job Category:   Scientific/Laboratory Research
Unit:   School of Natural Sciences
Position Code:   SNS6288A
Status:   Open
Closing Date:   Review of applicants will begin 09/28/2015, however, the position will remain open until filled
Salary:   $14.57 per Hour
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.

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.

Qualifications:   • 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)
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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