Research Specialist in Transgenerational Inheritance of Environmental Effects
The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a research specialist. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Upasna Sharma, the research specialist will contribute to a research program focused on studying transgenerational inheritance of environmental effects ( https://sharmalab.sites.ucsc.edu/). The specialist will be specifically involved in the project studying sperm epigenome and influence of environmental exposures on sperm epigenome. Duties will include performing mouse husbandry (including mouse breeding, genotyping, and maintenance of the colony) and performing experiments using basic molecular biology techniques such as PCR, qRT-PCRs, cloning, and recombinant protein expression. There will be opportunity to learn cutting edge methodology such as CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene editing and next generation RNA sequencing. The selected candidate will be expected to stay up-to-date with the scientific literature in the field and contribute to manuscripts, presentations, and grant proposals as needed. This position will require the incumbent to employ excellent attention to detail, demonstrate the potential to independently design and execute experiments, and successfully work as a member of a diverse, interdisciplinary research team.
Applicants with any of the following are strongly encouraged to apply: a M.S. or M.A. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, or related field at the time of application; experience in mouse husbandry and genotyping; experience with mouse dissections and surgeries; experience in RNA sequencing and data analysis; and/or demonstrated record of authorship or co-authorship of one or more peer-reviewed publications.
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