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Specialist (Assistant and Associate levels) in interdisciplinary biotechnology research

Application Window

Open date: November 24th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 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: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 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 Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) is an Army-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The ICB is a uniquely interdisciplinary research alliance led by the University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology and partners from the Army and industry.

ICB research is driven by more than 50 premier faculty working together with graduate students project scientists, specialists, and professional researchers as interdisciplinary teams of biologists, chemists, physicists, psychologists, physicians, social scientists, and engineers. These teams develop biologically inspired, revolutionary technological innovations in systems and synthetic biology, materials science and engineering, biotechnology tools and cognitive neuroscience.

The ICB is actively seeking Specialists (in the Associate or Assistant ranks) to commit effort on ICB projects. This is a large, pooled recruitment covering many disciplines and research foci. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed through October 31, 2021. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department. The use of a pooled recruitment does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. Positions may range from part-time to full-time.

Appointees to the Specialist series engage in specialized research, professional activity, and University and/or public service. Specialists use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions to the research enterprise of the University and to achieve recognition in the professional and scientific community. Specialists may participate in University and/or public service depending upon funding source and duties of the position.

Candidates for appointment, and subsequent personnel cases, will be reviewed on the following criteria (which are provided as guidelines and may be used flexibly where deemed necessary):

1) Performance in research in the defined area of expertise and specialization,
2) Professional competence and activity, and
3) University and/or public service

The ICB has a vast research portfolio, indicated by (but not limited to) the following to projects and disciplines:

• Systems and synthetic biology
• Control and dynamical systems
• Photonic and electronic materials
• Electronic materials and devices
• Cellular structural materials
• Biotechnology and biotechnology tools
• Cognitive neuroscience
• Psychological and brain sciences
• Medical
• Biomedical
• Nanofluidics and microfluidics
• Biomimetrics and biofilms
• Social media analysis and predictive modeling
• Molecular, cellular, ecosystems, marine science, and biology research
• Mechanical Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Bioengineering
• Materials
• Computer Science
• Chemistry and biochemistry
• Microfabrication
• Nanofabrication
• Atomic force
• Microscopy
• Microfluidics
• Physics
• Computer Science

Additional Information related to levels (Specialist series ranks):

Assistant Specialists enable research as part of a team and may provide some independent input into the planning and execution of the research. They should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or have five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization.

Associate Specialists normally provide considerable independent input into the planning and execution of the research, have a record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published research in the field, and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service. They should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or have five to ten years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization.

Salary is dependent on experience, qualifications, and hiring level. The UCSB salary scales may be found at

Basic Qualifications
• At time of application, master's degree (or equivalent degree) or have 5 years of equivalent research experience.

Preferred qualifications
• Mentorship/supervision of junior researchers and students.
• Previous research experience in applicable or relevant field/specialization.

To apply, please submit an application and the following to []

1) An updated CV (required)
2) Statement of interest/cover letter (required)
3) References (contact information, up to 3 optional)

The ICB has other pooled recruitments that may be of interest to potential applicants, including:
Junior Specialists
Project Scientists

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 0-3 required (contact information only)