Laboratory Assistant

Location
Riverside, CA
Posted
May 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Salary: $32,652 - $37,836
Title: Laboratory Assistant
Category: Science and Research
Department: Entomology
Date Posted: 05/04/2017

Position Information: UC Riverside Entomology Department is seeking a Laboratory Assistant to support an Associate Research Specialist in maintaining nematode and bacterial cultures; preparing solutions and media using aseptic techniques; preparing nematodes for microscopic examination and PCR diagnostics; setting up laboratory arenas and assays; receiving and organizing laboratory supplies; cleaning and maintenance of equipment and work space; collecting gastropods from nurseries; helping set up laboratory and greenhouse experiments for slug biocontrol research and performing one or more standard repetitive laboratory and/or field experimental procedures that require technical scientific knowledge, following all safety standards in a teaching or research laboratory. This position is supported by a CDFA grant, part-time, on a limited appointment. The selected candidate will need to be flexible in his/her work schedule to accommodate those days that require more involvement when it comes to data collection for experiments, including some weekends. Otherwise, the expected work schedule is 20 hrs or less per week, to be accommodated on a Monday through Friday schedule.



Minimum Requirements: Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and one year of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
Experience working in a biology/molecular biology laboratory and conducting nursery/field experiment.
Familiarity with computer programs like Excel, Powerpoint and Word.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or related fields of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Prior experience working with nematodes, bacteria, gastropods, and/or earthworms.
PCR experience.

Additional Information: In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

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UCR is ranked 55th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. 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.

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