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Global Change Assistant Research Specialist

Position overview

Position title: Global Change Assistant Research Specialist (Assistant Rank-Specialist Series)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, Represented Specialist Series Fiscal Year. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $59,200 - $62,500.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: September 1, 2023
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: July 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Aug 7, 2023 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 5, 2024 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 Global Change Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the Global Change Assistant Specialist.

Under the supervision of Associate Professor Malin Pinsky, the research specialist will assist with population and historical genomics research, develop and apply bioinformatic pipelines, analyze large datasets with scientific computing, maintain and promote open science practices, help with research group administration, and assist with maintaining a collaborative and supportive research environment for all members.

In the Global Change Lab, we use population genomics and data science to study biodiversity change from genes to communities, locally and around the world. Much of our research is focused on climate change and conservation in coastal marine environments. We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment, involvement in a wide range of research projects, extensive learning and professional development, and many opportunities for co-authorship on scientific manuscripts. We value a healthy work-life balance and pursue actively inclusive and anti-racist practices.

The work environment will primarily be a population genomics lab on the beautiful Coastal Science Campus at UCSC within a short walk to the ocean and easy access to mountains and open space. The EEB department offers a diverse, exciting, and supportive environment for learning and research and is complemented by colleagues at the Institute for Marine Science, the Coastal Science and Policy Program, NOAA Fisheries, the Center for Coastal Climate Resilience, and others. Fieldwork will be infrequent but will be diverse, remote, physically challenging, and/or involve international travel. The position will also require lifting 30 pounds with or without accommodation.

The selected candidate must demonstrate excellent communication skills; the ability to solve diverse technical and organizational challenges with exceptional creativity and collaboration; exceptional organizational skills and strong ability to accomplish tasks independently; community-building skills and the ability to foster inclusion; and a commitment to open science practices.

Laboratory and field research (30%)

  • Perform DNA and RNA extractions, DNA and RNA library preparations for next-generation sequencing, and other molecular ecology procedures to support research.
  • Maintain contamination-free work environment for research on historical specimens.
  • Assist students and other researchers in their acquisition of field and laboratory skills.

Bioinformatics and data science (30%)

  • Data entry and analysis with bioinformatic and scientific computing for contribution to research papers, articles, and professional journals.
  • Maintain meticulous analysis records.

Administrative (20%)

  • Oversee laboratory inventories: purchase supplies, maintain inventory, and organize laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Consistently comply with laboratory safety regulations.
  • Contribute to improvement and efficiency of research group operations.

Outreach and community building (20%)

  • Maintain research group and related websites.
  • Assist with building a collaborative and supportive research environment for all members and guests of the research group.

Global Change Lab:

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor's degree or higher (or equivalent foreign degree) in population genomics, molecular ecology, or related scientific field and two years' post baccalaureate research experience in population genomics, molecular ecology or a related scientific field.
  • Experience building population genomic libraries, developing bioinformatic pipelines, and conducting population genomics analyses.
  • Experience working with the software application R.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publications (if any) and 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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