Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Lab Assistant II
Location: Santa Cruz Job ID: 18911
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The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this job is: 06-07-2021
Dept Marketing Statement Under a Cooperative Agreement between the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), comprehensive studies are being conducted on the ecology and life history of Pacific salmonids and other fishes. The primary purpose of these studies is to provide critical information for conservation and management of threatened and endangered species. The research team consists of UCSC staff, faculty, and students and collaborative researchers from the NMFS Santa Cruz Laboratory. Computational work and laboratory work will be conducted at the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center and /or the UCSC Coastal Biology Building in Santa Cruz, CA. Field work is conducted in coastal waters of the California Marine Ecosystem. Results from this program are intended to benefit resource managers (e.g., Pacific Fisheries Management Council) and fisheries and resource science in general.
Under the general direction of the Groundfish Analysis Team project manager, the incumbent will conduct research on the reproductive ecology, particularly the fecundity, of a number of rockfish species in the California coastal ecosystem. The incumbent will work in collaboration with a team of other researchers. Responsibilities will include conducting fecundity estimates using both visual methods and imaging software, support laboratory analyses of adult and juvenile rockfishes, support data recording and analysis, provide support for processing juvenile rockfish samples from the annual Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment Survey, and otherwise provide assistance to collaborators. Depending on safety concerns surrounding covid-19, the position may involve supporting field collections and laboratory dissections of adult rockfishes only if conditions are safe to do so and all health and safety requirements are met. This limited recruitment has a fixed end date of September 30, 2021.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Information: $19.86/hour.
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Core benefits
Schedule Information: Part-time, Fixed Percentage of Time: 50% Average Hours Per Week: 20 Days of the Week: Monday through Friday, occasional weekend Shift Includes: Day, Weekend
Employee Classification: This is a Limited appointment
Job End Date: 9/30/2021, with possibility of extension
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz - Long Marine Lab
Union Representation: Yes - TX Union
Job Code Classification: 009603 (LAB AST 2)
Job Duties 75% - Laboratory studies
Analysis of ovary samples to determine fecundity, using both visual methods and microscope-based imaging software to estimate egg diameters and develop calibration curves for egg densities.
Process juvenile rockfish to collect otoliths and basic morphometric and biological data.
General laboratory management, including keeping track of sample inventory, supplies, and cleanliness.
25% - Manage data
Organize databases and create cross-linked files of fecundity estimates from ongoing studies for different species.
Data Entry, QC/QA.
Create and interpret basic graphs and tables that summarize fecundity estimates by species, collection and analysis method.
Basic knowledge of fish biology and marine ecology such as attained through coursework leading to a bachelor's degree in a life science.
Basic computer skills or knowledge including database, file sharing such as Google Drive and word processing programs.
Experience in microscope skills and knowledge of image analysis methods using Image J.
Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail; ability to work well independently and as part of a team and exercise flexibility, initiative, and good judgment.
Experience in data management, including quality control and quality assessment.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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