University of California, Riverside

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Assistant Specialist in Soil, Dust and Rock Microbial Community Analysis
University of California, Riverside


The Center for Conservation Biology at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for an Assistant Specialist, a part-time (80%) position located at the Riverside campus.

The successful candidate will lead laboratory and field analysis of soil, dust and rock microbial communities, including bacterial, archaeal, and fungal. The Assistant Specialist will manage undergraduate researchers, and train undergraduates and graduate students in laboratory and field techniques. The incumbent will perform dust, soil and rock collections, as well as laboratory sequencing preparation of samples. The Assistant Specialist will perform bioinformatics on next generation sequence data, and write papers on the results.

Required Qualifications:  PhD in life sciences, at least 3 years working in a laboratory setting on soil and dust microbial community analyses, proficiency in soil and dust DNA extraction and sequencing, as well as bioinformatics, including the QIIME pipeline and R. Candidate must have experience with rock-fungal interactions and the analysis of the impacts of N in rocks on fungal intrusion. Candidate must be an author of at least two published papers in a related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD in the area of Soil Microbial Communities, at least 4 years performing a mixture of laboratory and field work supporting soil microbial community analyses.

To Apply:  Application materials for this position should be submitted through  Please provide a full curriculum vitae, a statement of contributions to diversity, and contact details for three references. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 19, 2018.

Advancement through the Specialist ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

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

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.




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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Center for Conservation Biology
1435 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5494