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Junior Specialist - Physics Department / Fygenson Lab

Position overview

Position title: Jr. Specialist
Percent time: 42.5% - 75%
Anticipated start: Late December 2022 or early January 2023

Application Window

Open date: November 22, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Dec 12, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jan 13, 2023 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 Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking a part time Junior Specialist to pursue innovative research with Professor Deborah Fygenson. The Junior Specialist will design, construct, and assess DNA nanostructures for yield, purity, and structural properties. This will involve troubleshooting protocols, documentation and archival procedures, data analyses and drafting oral and written presentations. The position is part time and the PI is seeking someone who can work anywhere between 42.50% - 75% time to fulfill the needs of the lab with an anticipated start date in late December 2022 or early January 2023.

The initial appointment is for 1 year.

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicant must have a Bachelor's degree in Physics.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Applicant must have have over 1 year of hands-on experience with DNA nanotechnology, light and atomic force microscopy, basic wet-lab techniques (pipetting, buffer preparation, gel electrophoresis, spin filtration), image analysis (e.g. ImageJ) and programming (e.g., python, MATLAB).

Preferred qualifications

It is preferred that the applicant is able to work well as part of a team and independently able to execute wet-lab protocols. Strong writing skills are also preferred.

Application Requirements

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

  • Transcripts - Copy of transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are fine.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

References will be contacted for candidates who make the short list after the interview.

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Campus Information

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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA