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Junior Specialist-Skrajna Lab

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist-Skrajna Lab
Salary range: ommensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, X. “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 $51,300 - $54,600.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after the initial review of 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: January 22, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024 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, Jan 21, 2025 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. The Skrajna Research Group studies histone proteins and their roles in maintaining chromatin structure and functions in human health and disease. Under the direction of Professor Aleksandra Skrajna, the junior specialist will use molecular cloning, biochemical, biophysical and structural biology techniques to interrogate how nuclear proteins interact with and function on the repeating unit of chromatin – the nucleosome. Duties will also include assisting with everyday operations of the research lab, including but not limited to ordering and stocking supplies; maintaining laboratory stock reagents; and training undergraduate researchers. In addition, the junior specialist will participate directly in ongoing research projects, working in collaboration with PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows.

Applicants with research experience in molecular biological techniques for cloning and site-directed mutagenesis; designing and executing experiments in the context of a supervised project; recombinant protein expression and purification; using common laboratory equipment (autoclaves, incubators/shakers, hoods, etc.); and knowledge of general laboratory safety awareness are strongly encouraged to apply.

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. or B.A. degree (or an equivalent foreign degree) in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, or a related field. Note you must possess the baccalaureate degree whem you submit your application.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., including 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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Santa Cruz, California