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Research Associate Conservation Science

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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Location :
Escondido, California

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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SunIRef:Manu Research Associate – Conservation Science 15600 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA Req #1076 Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Are you inspired to be a part of an organization committed to protecting wildlife around the globe? San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a mission-based, non-profit wildlife conservation organization with two world famous front doors where we unite our passion for wildlife, expertise in wildlife care, and conservation science to save species from the brink of extinction. Our commitment is to provide visits to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park as opportunities to learn about and engage with best-in-class conservation work, and how that work is changing outcomes for wildlife everyday. HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION The Research Associate performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction. The Research Associate performs assigned laboratory duties in support of a variety of conservation research, endangered species propagation, and diagnostic activities that are paired with field-based conservation programs. This position reports to the Research Coordinator will work with both Population Sustainability and Conservation Genetics to assist with ongoing research projects in both groups. WHAT YOU WILL DO Perform a variety of laboratory or diagnostic duties, across several focal species including but not limited to giraffe, spectacled bears, leopards and various primates. Collect, collate, maintain, process, and analyze biological samples Design and validate assays in the lab for deployment in the field Prepare, arrange, and maintain records for sample and/or animal shipments Collect, record, and analyze data utilizing spreadsheet and database systems Document, file, and maintain electronic laboratory notebook records Conduct a variety of assigned research activities Assist in the preparation of data and related reports for presentation and/or publication Management of databases; Biobanking of genetic material; and Conducting molecular genetic work such as DNA extractions from various sources of genetic material, PCR for sex determination and fragment analysis, gel electrophoresis, genomic library preparation and sequencing in next-generation sequencing platforms, including nanopore sequencing based platforms. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is seeking an individual who is inspired to be a part of an organization that is committed to protecting wildlife around the globe. The applicant must have the ability to work independently but also take direction, multitask, work as part of a team, and follow through on assignments in a timely fashion. This position requires excellent attention to detail and good record-keeping with the ability to neatly organize high volumes of samples/lab supplies and electronic data. JOB EXPERIENCE Experience and/or certification in conducting genomics-based laboratory research Outstanding knowledge on laboratory procedures and safety practices is required EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS Bachelor’s degree in biology, evolution, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics or related fields, or equivalent research experience. Valid California driver license in good standing SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE Methods and equipment used in molecular genetics and genomics in the laboratory Data and record keeping skills, including prior experience with electronic laboratory notebooks. Use computer programs (word processing, database, and spreadsheet systems) Communicate effectively (verbal and written) Work effectively with others in a diverse environment Prepare and make presentations Data analysis skills and bioinformatic background are suitable, as well as knowledge on population genetics and molecular genomic methods (next generation sequencing technologies) SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Family Passes Complimentary Tickets Local and In-House Discounts Employee Assistance Program Wellness Program IMPORTANT DETAILS Location: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance – Conservation Science Duration: short-term 18 month position Non-Union position: Salary commensurate with experience Candidates must be available for an interview if contacted. Full job description will be provided upon request. THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER – San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance makes every effort to ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals and abides by EEO and nondiscrimination provisions of all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying. Join our team and build a career protecting wildlife around the globe with your passion for wildlife!