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Assistant Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open August 16th, 2019 through Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside invites applicants for an Assistant Specialist to conduct research on gnotobiotic mice. The position will involve basic mouse husbandry with gnotobiotic isolators, including monitoring and replenishment under sterile conditions of food, water, and supplies. In addition to animal husbandry and maintenance, the candidate will support experiments using gnotobiotic animals to probe the relationship between human gut microbes and gastrointestinal pathogens.

Basic qualifications for this position include:
Candidate should be comfortable handling mice, including restraining of animals for collection of fecal pellets, tagging animals for identification, and gavage

Preferred qualifications for this position include:
Experience with gnotobiotic mouse husbandry in flexible-film isolator systems
Experience with positive-pressure mouse cage rack systems
Knowledge of construction of gnotobiotic isolators
Experience with intra-gastric gavage of mice
Experience with anaerobic microbial culture methods.
Experience with DNA extraction, PCR/qPCR, and gel electrophoresis
Prior BSL2 and ABSL2 experience

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Advancement through the Specialist ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Research, Statement of Contributions to Diversity , provide the names and email addresses of three references and ( optional) PDFs of three publications to Review of applications will commence on September 20, 2019 and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications by the above date.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Ansel Hsiao, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology, at For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Ms. Eliana Martinez, Academic Personnel, at


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Three publications - Three publications


Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)