Junior Specialist - DePeters Lab, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

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The DePeters Nutrition Laboratory in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis is currently seeking a Junior Specialist, 100% time for duration of 12 months.


Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator and senior staff members in the Department of Animal Science, the candidate will carry out animal experiments with livestock as well as conduct various laboratory methods related to feed analysis. General responsibilities include: laboratory support (maintaining lab, organizing lab, and lab supply ordering), animal trial support (setting up facilities, feeding animals, and collecting samples), and sample analysis (fiber analysis, in vitro gas production), and data management. The position will also be responsible for oversight of the rumen fistulated cows, which is basically once daily checking of each animal and recording oversight. The junior specialist will do some literature searches and assist in writing journal papers and popular articles. The junior specialist participate in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision‐making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team..


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science or a related field with a minimum of 1 year experience working with livestock and/or laboratory work related to animal nutrition.
  • Ability to organize supplies for laboratory and animal studies.
  • Ability to maintain chemical inventories and laboratory safety data sheets.
  • Ability to work with livestock (cattle, sheep, & goats) and general knowledge of on‐farm management practices.
  • Skills to provide on‐farm data collection and laboratory assistance with proximate analysis for feed.
  • Skills following research sampling protocol to handle and transport samples, and maintain records from sampling events and laboratory analyses.
  • Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft suite (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint) for information outreach, data management and summation.


  • Nutrition and General Management background preferred.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $36,894 [100% annual].

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availabilities of funding. The posting will remain open filled. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new positon is posted. Please note: The use of a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01162. Applicants should submit cover letter and curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for 2 references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Ed DePeters, 2149 Meyer, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis, One Shields Ave, 95616, Davis, California at ejdepeters@ucdavis.edu.

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, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/dod4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathfree.ucdavis.edu/.)

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