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Boyd Lab Research Specialist (Junior Specialist - Associate Specialist)

Position overview

Position title: Boyd Lab: Research Specialist
Salary range: Minimum starting annual salary will be $46,800, commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Rank Qualifications at
Percent time: Fulltime (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one year 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.

Application Window

Open date: September 16th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Oct 18, 2021 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: Friday, Jul 1, 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 Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a research specialist. Under the direction of Assistant Professor David Boyd, the research specialist will contribute to a research program in viral immunology and lung biology investigating host responses to severe respiratory viral infections.

Duties will include maintaining mouse colonies and planning and performing experiments with mice, performing mammalian cell culture experiments, and managing chemical and biological inventories and safety records. The selected candidate will be expected to stay current with the scientific literature in the field and contribute to the preparation of manuscripts, presentations, and grant proposals. This position will require excellent organizational skills and the ability to successfully work as a member of a diverse, interdisciplinary research team. The Boyd Lab is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable work environment, encouraging independent and creative thinking, and promoting career development.

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: an M.S. or M.A. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, virology, or a related field; expertise in mouse models of infection; expertise generating and quantifying stocks of viruses; experience with flow cytometry and/or fluorescence microscopy; and/or experience with complex mammalian cell culture systems, including organoids.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • B.S. or B.A. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, virology, or a related field.
  • Experience using general molecular and cell biology techniques, including: nucleic acid extraction and quantification, PCR/RT/PCR/qPCR, and mammalian cell culture.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include three professional references along with their contact information. The search committee will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration.

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

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Campus Information

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California