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Chemistry and Biochemistry: Biomolecular Electron Microscopy Facility Manager (Open until filled, apply by 6/16/2020)

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 6th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020 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.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Biomolecular Electron Microscopy Facility Manager. Under the supervision of Professor Seth Rubin, the successful applicant will manage instrumentation in the Division of Physical and Biological Science’s electron microscopy facility and contribute to structural biology research projects in collaboration with researchers on campus.

Scientific responsibilities include participation in collaborative research towards macromolecular structure determination with faculty in the Physical & Biological Sciences Division, contributing to grant writing, and coordination of scientific interactions among other research groups in the SF Bay Area. Primary facility management responsibilities will include maintaining equipment, coordinating repairs, training, scheduling, and overseeing data collection, processing, and storage. Training activities will involve assisting students, postdoctoral researchers and other professionals with sample preparation, experimental design, and data analysis.

The position will require the incumbent to troubleshoot experiments and perform tasks in an organized, methodical and analytical manner; work independently and as a part of a team of faculty, staff and students; and possess excellent interpersonal skills ensure success in oversight and assistance of an extensive user base.

Applicants with doctoral degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field are strongly encouraged to apply.

Associate Specialist - Specialist

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology or related field at the time of application.
  • Experience in all aspects of determining macromolecular structure using single particle cryo-electron microscopy, including experience in sample preparation and screening, data collection and processing, and structure determination and refinement.
  • A record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed research journals and in giving presentations at major scientific meetings.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

Initial appointment will be full-time for two years, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00778-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae that includes publications (required)

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three professional references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

RECRUITMENT PERIOD (Revised 6/16/2020)
Full consideration will be given to applications completed by June 16, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-3676.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum vitae that includes publications

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)