Job Call Lab Tech LA Conservation Genomics

The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge invite applications for a lab technician to work on a Molecular Urban Ecology and Bioinformatics project. The work is embedded in an ongoing project on the impact of urbanization on a suite of 22 plant, invertebrate and vertebrate species spanning the Urban/Wildland interface of the Los Angeles basin. Our overarching goal is to determine such issues as the contribution of protected lands to the conservation of genetic diversity, the ability of species to traverse the urban landscape, and genetic resilience to future climate change.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experience in the collection of genomic (RADseq, and possibly de novo genome assembly) data. The candidate would work collaboratively with Dr. Joscha Beninde, an urban landscape geneticist already working on the project.

The appointment is for one year, and with a strong possibility of extending for additional time. Our preferred start date is summer, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit 1) cover letter, 2) current CV/resume, 3) maximum 2-page description of their molecular genetic experience, and 4) names and contact details of two referees, all as a single PDF file.

Deadline for completed applications is July 1, 2019.

E-mail questions and application materials to Brad Shaffer (Director of the La Kretz Center) at or Joscha Beninde (postdoc in this project) at