(RECRUITMENT PERIOD ONE MONTH: Applicants will be screened after two weeks; and then on a weekly basis. The position can be filled prior to the removal date.)
Under general supervision perform molecular-based diagnostic testing, assay development, assay monitoring, and assay evaluations using PCR and related technologies, including the extraction of RNA and DNA from clinical veterinary specimens and use of molecular techniques for detection, identification, typing, and phylogenetic analysis of veterinary pathogens. Provide backup support for laboratory management as needed. In consultation with academic supervisor independently manages special projects and is responsible for section’s test development and validation program.
Strong background in infectious diseases and infectious disease pathology, with applicable knowledge and skills in virology, molecular biology, genetics, and immunology.
Demonstrated recent skills to perform molecular-based diagnostic testing.
Strong background in molecular assay development.
Advanced understanding and skill in project design, test evaluation, and test validation.
Skills to perform molecular techniques and micro-techniques in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory including diagnostic biotechnology methods, virus purification, protein profiles, working with minute quantities of DNA and RNA; perform electrophoresis; standard and real time PCR/primer and probe design/hybridization; nucleic acid and protein conjugation; nucleic acid sequence analysis; nucleic acid extraction and purification; molecular cloning; and phylogenetic analysis.
Communication skills (written and oral) to prepare data and provide scientific presentations related to test development and validation.
Skills to adhere to diagnostic lab quality assurance and control procedures and standards and implement the same during assay development and enhancement. Ability to work with remote laboratory teams.
Creative abilities to develop new approaches and techniques for specific diagnostic applications.
Ability to effectively manage, organize and prioritize the flow of case materials, maintaining acceptable turnaround times.
The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.
UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
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