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Hinck Lab: Junior Specialist

Position overview

Position title: Hinck Lab: Junior Specialist
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 $51,300 -$59,600.
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. 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: April 18, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, May 20, 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: Thursday, Apr 17, 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 Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a junior research specialist.
Under the direction of Professor Lindsay Hinck, the research specialist will join a small, friendly team of researchers studying the major public health concern of endometriosis. The Hinck Lab studies this prevalent syndrome by isolating stromal stem cells from human blood and examining their response to DNA damaging agents. Work on this exciting project will include human cell isolation and culture, fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis, bioinformatic analysis, histology/ immunohistochemistry, and protein and molecular biology techniques such as qPCR, lysate fractionation, and Western blot. The selected candidate will be expected to perform tasks in an organized manner, work accurately, meet deadlines, communicate results, and successfully work as an integral member of a research team.

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • at least one year of post-baccalaureate laboratory experience in a field relevant to the advertised position;
  • expertise in cell analysis by fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS), PCR, and qPCR;
  • experience with histology/ immunohistochemistry;
  • experience with immunoblotting/ immunoprecipitation;
  • experience with histology/ immunohistochemistry;
  • experience with molecular biology techniques such as qPCR, lysate fractionation, and Western blot;
  • experience in RNAseq and bioinformatic analysis;
  • and/or a demonstrated record of authorship/co-authorship on one or more peer-reviewed publications.

In accordance with our lab’s commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in scientific research, we welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background). More information can be found at

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./B.A. degree or higher in molecular, cell and developmental biology, biochemistry or a related.
  • Research experience in molecular and stem cell biology, and isolation and culture of human cells.
  • Laboratory experience working with human and murine tissue and cell culture.

You must meet the all of the basic qualifications at the time you submit your application. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

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 (two pages maximum) that describes your research experience and interest as it relates to the position.

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Santa Cruz, California