Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology: Specialist in Gut Microbiota Research (Open until filled. Apply by 11/25/20)
The Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a research specialist. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Patnode, the specialist will contribute to a research program exploring the impact of food and the immune system on human gut microbial ecology. Duties will include performing bacterial cell culture, flow cytometric and 96-well plate-based assays, library preparation for next-generation DNA sequencing, and mouse colony maintenance (genotyping by PCR, breeding/record keeping, and sterilizing equipment for housing germ-free mice). The candidate will also make contributions to lab management by ordering equipment and supplies, generating reagents, and ensuring lab compliance with safety and animal welfare regulations. The specialist will be expected to be part of an inclusive and supportive team of students, staff, and faculty, and stay up to date on important scientific developments in the field of microbiota research.
Applicants with research expertise in any (or several) of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: bacterial molecular biology and cloning; mouse handling and dissection; confocal microscopy; generation and analysis of Illumina sequencing datasets; Linux command line (Slurm) or R.
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 25, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
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