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Chemistry and Biochemistry: Associate Research Specialist (Open until filled. Apply by 6/8/2020)

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 7th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Jun 8, 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: Wednesday, Sep 30, 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 an Associate Research Specialist position. Under the direction of Professor Seth Rubin (mentor) and Assistant Professor Ali Shariati (co-mentor), the Associate Research Specialist will lead research that uses mammalian cells, live cell quantitative microscopy imaging, CRISPR genome editing, ChIP-Seq, and ATAC-Seq assays to understand mechanisms of cell-cycle dependent transcription. The candidate is expected to make scholarly contributions to the research program through reading primary literature, preparing and/or editing scientific manuscripts, contributing to grant writing, and giving regular lab meeting presentations. The candidate will be expected to learn new techniques and implement protocols; and consistently demonstrate strong attention to detail, outstanding communication skills, effective time management and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work successfully in a team environment.

Applicants with experience in research that uses molecular biology assays, mammalian cell culture, and/or CRISPR
genome editing technologies are strongly encouraged to apply.

Associate Specialist, determined by qualifications and experience

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Ph.D. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline at the time of application.
  • At least five years of biological lab experience including mammalian cell culture, CRISPR Genome Editing, and molecular biology experiments. Lab experience can be obtained before or after award of the Ph.D.

Appointment will begin as soon as July 1, 2020

Initial appointment will be full time for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

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

Please refer to Position # JPF00821-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications, interest in the position, and relevant research experience. (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please 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

Full consideration will be given to applications completed June 8, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications, interest in the position, and relevant research experience.

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)