SRA 2: Teaching Lab and Facilities Support Technician
University of California Santa Cruz
September 6, 2018
Santa Cruz, California
SRA 2: Teaching Lab and Facilities Support Technician Physical & Biological Sciences
Job #: 1808209
Full Time; Career Minimum Starting Salary: $22.67/hourly.
UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.
This position is based at the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus (CSC), a 100-acre site containing the Coastal Biology Building (CBB), home of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) department; the Long Marine Laboratory and its Seymour Marine Discovery Center (a public and outreach visitor center); the UCSC Younger Lagoon Reserve; and various Federal and State agencies (e.g., NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center).
Reporting to the UC Santa Cruz Biological Sciences Teaching Laboratories Manager and under general direction of the PBSci Facilities Manager, this position is a hybrid role designed to support the laboratory and field-based teaching needs of the EEB department and serve as the divisional facilities representative on the CSC.
The Staff Research Associate (SRA) serves as primary support staff for EEB laboratory and field courses. Additionally, the SRA serves as the resident manager of operations and ongoing facility needs at CBB and the broader CSC campus, including teaching and common use laboratories and teaching facilities. Duties include basic support for audio-visual equipment, basic IT support for teaching lab computers, and administrative support and maintenance of gear lockers containing field equipment and teaching lab materials (e.g., biological specimens, models, microscopes). Duties also include maintaining inventories, ordering course materials and equipment, providing teaching staff course support, and occasional mentorship of undergraduate or graduate students.
Knowledge of the general principles of ecology, evolutionary biology and biochemistry as attained through coursework leading to a bachelor's or master's degree in biology, chemistry or related discipline, and specialized knowledge of modern laboratory and field biology principles.
Demonstrated proficiency in laboratory skills including weighing and mixing of chemicals and media, pH adjustment, sterilization, dispensing, sterile transfer, dilutions and molarity calculations. Experience should include some or all of the following: total genomic DNA/RNA isolation methods, PCR gene amplification and primer design, gel electrophoresis, Sanger and next generation (high-throughput) DNA sequencing, molecular probes, quantitative PCR, gene expression, population genetics and metagenomics.
Experience maintaining, troubleshooting, and performing routine repairs of laboratory equipment (e.g., balances, pH meters, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettors, spectrophotometers and electrophoresis units). The applicant should possess a theoretical and practical knowledge of modern laboratory instrumentation, and basic carpentry and mechanical skills required to maintain smooth laboratory operations. Experience with minor facilities maintenance and the coordination of routine and major maintenance by contractors or skilled labor is desirable.
Experience with marine, freshwater or terrestrial ecological or evolutionary studies. Experience with logistical support for ongoing field operations, including ecological data collection requirements, equipment maintenance, inventory management, scheduling resources and purchasing supplies and consumables.
Strong organizational skills; experience setting up tools and databases to manage inventories and track usage.
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Position is open until filled; Initial Review Date: 09-23-2018
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit they must be submitted electronically via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site (https://jobs.ucsc.edu ) on or before the initial review date (IRD). A computer is available at the UCSC Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center (SVC), 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodation call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service 800-735-2922. The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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