Staff Research Associate 2 (Limited Pool) - 8731
Company: University of California - Merced
Posted on: September 4, 2020
$25.41/hr - $40.88/hr
Job Closing Date
Review of applications will occur as openings become available.
Candidates will be selected for temporary employment in various
departments as positions become available. This position is
reopened every six months so please re-apply if you remain
interested in the position. This position will close on
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the
University of California system's 10 campuses and the first
American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly
8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an
environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion,
collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic
partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is
continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and
dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S.
News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide
educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San
Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a
special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the
cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and
supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion
public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher
education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical
capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction,
student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened
the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story
administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
About the Job
Staff Research Associates (SRAs) perform or supervise the
performance of laboratory and/or field experimental procedures in
support of academically-supervised research and teaching in the
natural, physical or social sciences; and perform other related
duties as required.
Incumbents perform technical determinations and/or make technical
observations in one or more fields of scientific endeavor that
usually yield technical data about the phenomena under
investigation. The fields may include chemistry, physics,
biochemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, psychology, biology,
geology, bacteriology, and other similar fields. The technical
determinations include, for example, biochemical, radiochemical,
physical, and biological preparation, examination, and analysis of
specimen material. Installation, operation, and maintenance of
laboratory and field instruments may be an essential part of the
duties. The technical data yielded are used primarily for research
and teaching, but the data may also relate to public service, such
as patient care or agricultural extension.
Incumbents work under academic supervision, although they may
report directly to a higher level Staff Research Associate. They
may participate or assist in teaching activities by discussing
experimental procedures with students, demonstrating procedures,
working with faculty in presenting, developing or modifying
portions of course material, and by providing technical supervision
to students and visitors during assigned periods. However, they do
not have formal responsibility for teaching and course content.
Normally, engagement in teaching activities is ancillary to
engagement in research activities under academic supervision.
Under supervision, incumbents perform (a) a wide variety of
standard repetitive laboratory and/or field experimental procedures
at the full operational or journey level of skill in one field of
specialty; or (b) perform a limited variety of non-standard
laboratory and/ or field experimental procedures requiring
ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to special and
changing needs of research in one specialized field; or (c) perform
a limited variety or repetitive but highly specialized laboratory
and/or field experimental procedures.
Modify, vary or adapt standard procedures to meet the needs of
research projects, or improve tests that are unsatisfactory, and
after studying available literature, analyze and alter conditions
under which determinations are made. They may also acquire and
apply a body of knowledge and skill in a field of comparatively
narrow scope where the emphasis is on specialized techniques.
Assignments at this level of difficulty are typically
non-supervisory; however, an SRA 2 NEX may also be assigned the
management responsibility for a small laboratory unit, with at
least one Staff Research Associate I or a group of lower-level
laboratory employees such as Laboratory Assistants, Animal
Technicians, etc. This type of responsibility typically includes
ordering supplies and equipment and insuring proper operation and
maintenance of laboratory equipment.
Assignments include, but not limited to:
*Chemical analyst, performing a wide variety of chemical analyses,
including qualitative and quantitative analyses of unknowns, by
using standard methods and by developing modifications of standard
methods to meet special needs.
*Entomologist in biological control unit, in charge of rearing of
various species of insects and parasites, including responsibility
for determining the kind of food host to use, the age and culture
of food host best suited, the timing of breeding and rearing
operations, and kinds of parasites to rear on insects to best
accomplish the experimental purposes involved.
*Plant pathologist, identifying mycological organisms on plant
material by microscopic examination and by keying down, using
judgment when descriptions in literature are incomplete or
*Microbiologist, isolating and purifying cultures of fungus and
bacterial organisms from plant or animal materials, varying the
method on each specimen to identify the organism and obtain a pure
*Histologist, performing a wide variety of standardized, but
intricate and delicate procedures for preparing and examining plant
materials for optical and/or electron microscopy.
*Experimental psychologist, assisting in psychophysiological
experiments on man and animals, preparing subjects for experiments,
performing psychophysical tests, improving tests as necessary and
analyzing and developing statistical data .
*Electron microscopist, preparing tissue for electron microscopy,
maintaining electron microscopes and photographic darkroom and prep
room facilities, providing individual and classroom instruction on
the use of the electron microscope and related facilities.
Incumbents are expected to possess the skills, knowledge, and
abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties
assigned to the positions. These skills, knowledge, and abilities
are typically acquired through a combination of extensive study and
Background check and fingerprinting may be required.
How to Apply:
An online application is required for each position to apply.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
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, national origin, disability, age or protected
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and
affirmative action policy see:
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free
workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is
available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
All employers who receive Federal contracts and
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