The UCSC Paleogenomics Laboratory, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for research specialist positions in genomic DNA extraction, handling, and sequencing. Under the direction of Dr. Beth Shapiro and Dr. Richard (Ed) Green, the successful candidates will support and assist in research that uses a genomics approach to understand how genetic variation is distributed among populations over geographic space, and how this changes through time. This includes applications in both conservation genomics and paleogenomics.
The duties of this job are to: 1) extract DNA from a variety of tissues, including bone, hair, and other tissues, using in-house protocols; 2) assess the quality of DNA extractions using PCR and other quantitation methods; 3) prepare and quantify genomic libraries for next-generation sequencing; 4) perform next generation sequencing using standard Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) equipment; and 5) perform preliminary quality control analyses of recovered data using bioinformatics approaches. Selected candidates must be able to learn new techniques and implement protocols with attention to detail; participate in the research of UCSC faculty through DNA extraction, genomic library preparation, sequencing, analytical measurements; and provide training and supervision of Paleogenomics Laboratory users.
Applicants with expertise using the Illumina sequencing platform are strongly encouraged to apply.