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MacMillan Lab: Junior Specialist

Position overview

Position title: MacMillan Lab: Junior Specialist
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Percent time: Full-time (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. Reappointment is also considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

Application Window

Open date: March 21st, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Apr 20, 2022 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, Dec 21, 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 Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a junior specialist. Under the direction of Professor John MacMillan, the junior specialist will carry out research in the area of biological characterization of botanicals. The work will utilize high-throughput techniques for gene expression and high-content imaging to characterize botanical fractions and pure compounds. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work at the frontier of data-driven approaches in the field of natural products. This highly collaborative position will work as part of a team with chemists, bioinformaticians and molecular biologists to address critical questions around botanicals. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has state of the art facilities in NMR, MS, and a recently renovated high-throughput screening facility with state-of-the-art robotics and screening technologies.

Applicants with any of the following areas of expertise are strongly encouraged to apply: expertise in PCR, experience using robotics, and/or experience working with a large number of samples.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

B.S. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include professional references along with their contact information (provide a minimum of two references, but no more than five will be considered). The Search Committee will contact the professional 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, CA