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Ioannidis Lab Research Specialist

Position overview

Position title: Ioannidis Lab Research Specialist (Junior Specialist and Assistant Specialist Ranks)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience (see section D. Qualifications of the CAPM 602.230 Specialist Series 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 $53,100 - $68,300.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after the initial review of applications. Degree requirement must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment that begins on July 1, 2024 and beyond.
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: June 4, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Jul 5, 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: Wednesday, Jun 4, 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

This position will focus on research methodologies into the applications of machine learning and deep learning to genomics. The position will involve maintaining and updating existing code bases and acquiring and processing genomic datasets.

The hiring unit, within the Biomolecular Engineering Department at UCSC focuses on research and education at the intersection of biology, computer science, and engineering, to drive advances in areas such as genomics, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and biomolecular modeling.

Under the direction of Assistant Professor Ioannids, the research specialist will contribute towards genomic data production and analysis, Drosophila maintenance, and Wolbachia and Drosophila candidate gene testing through confocal imaging and cytological analysis.

An ideal candidate would have general knowledge in molecular biology, genetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology, and bioinformatics (e.g., bash, python, common bioinformatics software for short read alignment and analysis).

Special consideration will be given to candidates with any of the following areas of expertise:

  • Hands-on wet-lab expertise in plate-scale Illumina library preparation with Tn5 transposase, Drosophila genetic crosses, and Drosophila ovary dissection and preparation for confocal imaging.
  • Dry-lab expertise in short-read alignment and python pipeline use, as well as image analysis in ImageJ/FIJI.

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

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Experience with programming, machine learning, and deep learning with applications to genomics. Your application must document your experience in these areas.
  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in biomolecular engineering or a field relevant to the advertised position. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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