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

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 28th, 2016
Next review date: November 11th, 2016
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: December 31st, 2016
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Position Description for Junior Specialist

The Horback lab in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis is currently seeking a Junior Specialist (80% time for duration of 20 months).

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in animal behavior, cognition and welfare. General responsibilities include: laboratory support (maintaining computer lab, organizing supplies), animal trial support (setting up/cleaning experiment trials, moving animals, video record experimental trials), data management (organizing and cataloging video files, datasheets), and data collection (code videos for specific behaviors). The junior specialist will be actively and significantly involved in reviewing journal articles, engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, participating in appropriate professional societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, presenting research data in lab meetings or at society annual conferences, and potentially at publishing manuscripts. 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’s degree in Psychology, Biology, Animal Science or a related field.
• Ability to schedule experiments, organize supplies, and maintain cleanliness of equipment, experiment rooms, and lab space.
• Ability to safely handle and move large farm animals (swine, sheep).
• Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft suite (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint).
• Operant conditioning techniques/animal training.
• Recording live or video-based animal behavior data.
• Knowledge of behavior data sampling techniques (scan, instantaneous, etc.).
SALARY RANGE: Step I - $37,548 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: The start date for this appointment is January 2017. The posting will remain open until filled. Completed applications must be received by 11/8/16 for full consideration.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 80% time for duration of 20 months.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01318. Applicants should submit cover letter, a statement of research interests, and curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for two references or two letters of recommendation. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Kristina Horback (kmhorback@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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Job location

Davis, CA

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More information about this recruitment: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/positions/index.html



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