Requisition Number: 03024653 Final Filing Date: 09-10-2019 Closing Date: Payroll Title: STAFF RESEARCH ASSOCIATE III Number of Positions: 1 Salary: $4,592.00 - $7,384.00/MO Appointment Type: Career Appointment Description: 100%; Monday-Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm Overtime Eligible (FLSA): Exempt Union/HEERA Representation: This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit
Department: CA ANIMAL HLTH&FOOD SAFETY LAB - 072200 Department Description: CAHFS provides California's livestock and poultry industries, and veterinary practitioners who serve them, with a full range of diagnostic laboratory services for disease control, enhancement of health management, and protection from diseases common to animal and humans. In meeting this need, the CAHFS also serves as the backbone of California's disease warning system through its animal disease surveillance program. The system consists of four laboratories currently located in Davis, Turlock, Tulare and San Bernardino. Funding for this program is provided through a contract with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and through revenue generated from user fees. An additional program, the Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, is funded through a contract with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) and horse wagering monies, and provides full-service drug testing and a pharmacology research and development program.
Location: Tulare Allow Applicants to Attach: Resume Cover Letter References
Job Summary: Under general direction of the faculty supervisor, responsible for the more advanced laboratory functions of, and serve as lead analyst for, the Biotechnology section, managing and performing the daily functions of a high throughput diagnostic laboratory including performance of nucleic-acid based detection using real time PCR and Standard PCR technology, including processing samples for extraction of DNA and RNA from clinical samples and maintaining documentation records in accordance with standard operating procedures. Participate in development and evaluation of new or improved molecular-based detection and diagnostic tools. Manage the evaluation of new equipment, reagents and supplies. Manage and participate in validation studies to ensure system-wide performance of assays. Ensure accurate and reproducible assay performance and reporting.
Physical Demands: Ability to distinguish between colors.
Stoop, bend, and lift supplies and equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.
Ability to perform repetitive motions such as pipetting.
Work Environment: THIS IS NOT AN H1B/J1 OPPORTUNITY. Candidate must be legally permitted to work in the United States and not subject to revocation.
This is not a research position. The position is located in a diagnostic laboratory where quality control and assurance as well as meticulous working habits are essential.
Per the terms and agreements of the department's contracts and grants, the position requires signing of a Confidentiality Agreement or Non-Disclosure Agreement regarding testing and client information.
Work flexible schedule as needed to complete projects and meet deadlines. Occasionally work after hours and share weekend/holiday coverage schedule. Share weekend/holiday coverage as needed.
Travel to CAHFS branch laboratories, conferences, etc.
All CAHFS employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
Must wear laboratory required/supplied PPE and participate in Health Surveillance Program.
This position is subject to prophylactic vaccination for rabies, as well as medical surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.
Tolerate strong odors and the sight of exposed animal tissues and blood products, and to handle/dispose of infectious materials.
May, at times, work with or be in areas where biohazardous and chemical materials and infectious diseases are present. Specific hazards of the position are, but are not limited to salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Campylobacter, hot acids, bases, ethers and other chemicals.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Davis is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Background Check Required: Yes
Minimum Qualifications: - Master's degree in Biology, Animal Science, or closely related fields or equivalent combination of education and experience in related field. - Experience with molecular diagnostic testing methods (e.g. PCR, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoblotting, PCR, hybridization, nucleic acid sequence analysis, DNA and RNA extraction and purification), in a diagnostic laboratory. - Advanced experience in the field of molecular diagnostics. - Skills to provide effective leadership (i.e. instruct, train, provide consultation, equipment/assay troubleshooting) in a diagnostic laboratory including prioritizing workload and scheduling personnel to meet strict deadlines. -Skills to work with multiple disciplines in a diagnostic lab. - Knowledge of quality control and quality assurance methods in a diagnostic laboratory that utilizes complex methodology. - Experience with quality control procedures in a (diagnostic) laboratory including maintaining accurate inventory and quality control records for biological media. - Skills to prepare nucleic acids or associated reagents to meet strict quality control standards. - Knowledge and skills to perform complex diagnostic and assay development techniques utilizing molecular biology and immunology. - Knowledge and experience to instruct, technically train, and provide consultation to technical and professional personnel. - Knowledge and skills to develop, implement, critically evaluate performance, quality control and resolve technical problems related to molecular diagnostic and ELISA methods. - Experience working with and maintaining automated equipment, including thermocyclers, ELISA readers, washers, computers and computer interfaced equipment, micropipettes, centrifuges, biosafety cabinets, fume hoods, electrophoresis equipment, incubators, sonicators, spectrophotometers, inverted microscopes, analytical balances, and pH meters. - Flexibility to quickly adapt to changing technology, schedules, and work environment. - Knowledge and skills to use methods of containment, decontamination and disposal of infectious and biohazardous materials. - Knowledge and skills to comprehend and follow detailed technical protocols, published procedures and methods and equipment operations manuals. - Skills to maintain neat and accurate laboratory records and logbooks.
Preferred Qualifications: -Experience working in a technical position in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory with large sample numbers and high throughput testing. - Experience in sequencing and sequence analysis (e.g. Sanger, Next Generation Sequencing) - Knowledge in the field of veterinary infectious diseases -Experience developing and implementing Quality Assurance programs in a diagnostic environment.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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