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Jr. Specialist (Molecular Biologist)

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 24B for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $52,600- $62,000. Salaries that are higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience level minimum, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: June 10, 2024
Position duration: Typically 1 year with possibility of extension, but could be less than 1 year due to restrictions on funding

Application Window

Open date: May 3, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Jun 17, 2024 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: Wednesday, Jul 31, 2024 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) has an open position for a Molecular Biology Junior Specialist in Professor Morse’s research group. This position will enable research that requires skills and knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics with a focus on protein cloning, expression, engineering, purification and characterization. The Junior Specialist will contribute specialized skills and knowledge toward the advancement of fundamental structure/function, biotechnology and medically related research, collaborating in research analysis directly with the Principal Investigator, Prof. Morse, and with other senior academic employees.

The Junior Specialist will design, lead, and instruct in protein cloning, expression, engineering, purification, and characterization, and will maintain and distribute stocks of DNAs and proteins. This position will also be responsible for lab management, supervising lab assistant(s), and participating in a range of scholarly work and publications.

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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Appointees must possess a baccalaureate degree at time of application.

Preferred qualifications

Prior research experience in protein cloning, expression, engineering, purification, and characterization

Experience maintaining and distributing stocks of DNAs and proteins

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

References for finalist(s) may be contacted by phone/email after interviews.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA