Staff Research Associate 2

University Of California Santa Barbara , CA 93101

Posted 2 months ago

Job Details

  • This is a limited position
  • 1000 hours

Payroll Title: SRA 2 NEX (009617)

UC Job Code: 009617

Position ID: 40956305

Job Open Date: 02/17/2023

Application Review Begins: 03/06/2023


Percentage of Time: 45

Union Code: RX

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Grade Type/Grade: PSS/STEPS

Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience; the budget for the position; and application of fair, equitable and consistent pay practices at the University. The full salary range for this position is $27.09/hr. - $43.58/hr. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $27.09/hr. - $30.49/hr.

Work Location: Webb Hall 2026

Working Days and Hours: Monday

  • Friday, 8am-5pm

Benefits Eligibility: Core Benefits

Eligible for Remote or Hybrid Work: Yes

Type of Remote or Hybrid Work Arrangement: Hybrid (Both UC & Non-UC locations)

Department Marketing Statement

The Marine Science Institute ranks internationally as a leader in marine and environmental research. Its researchers stand at the forefront of their fields, regularly redefining our current knowledge of marine science and policy. Over 300 research projects funded by more than 80 awarding agencies with a value over $100 million in extramural and intramural funding are administered by MSI each year. Research at MSI spans 14 disciplines supporting research projects involving faculty, professional researchers, technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students. MSI provides educational outreach activities through the REEF (Research Experience and Education Facility) with 20,000 visitors annually.

Benefits of Belonging

Working at UC means being part of this vibrant institution that shines a light on what is possible. People make UC great, and UC recognizes your contributions by making this a great place to work. Excellent retirement and health are just one of the rewards. Learn more about the benefits of working at UC

Brief Summary of Job Duties

Manage sediment/paleoclimate lab. Perform sediment sample processing of cosmic impact indicators and other related materials for various projects related to sediment records of climate, environmental change and past cosmic events. Hire, train and supervise undergraduate students to do the same. Assist with purchasing, organizing and maintaining office and laboratory supplies and equipment. Assist with literature and correspondence. Assist the PI in communicating with multiple investigators and research projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of geologic processes and terminology

  • Good computer skills; proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email.

  • Experience with microscopes.

  • Excellent organizational skills; cataloging and archiving samples.

  • Database management; graphing, plotting and making scientific figures.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-3 years Work experience


  • Bachelor's Degree Required

Conditions of Employment

Satisfactory criminal history background check

UCSB is a Tobacco-Free environment

Job Functions/Percentage of Time/Duties

  • 40% Analytical procedures
  • Independently performs (after initial training) a variety of analytical procedures involving separation of various sediment particles (e.g. spherules) and sediment aliquots using light microscope. Ensures accurate identification of specimens separated for analyses. Responsible for quality control of procedures and data. Compiles data from lab experiments and plots quantitative data.
  • 30% Student and supply management
  • Manages sediment/paleoclimate laboratory. Hires, trains, supervises and reviews undergraduate students working in the lab and office. Orders, purchases, receives and maintains laboratory/office supplies and equipment.
  • 10% Office organization
  • Assists in organization of office and laboratory materials and literature. Expedites correspondence.
  • 5% Communication
  • Assists in communication and collaboration with multiple investigators on various projects.
  • 5% Data organization
  • Assist with producing charts/tables/graphs for publication as needed. Assists with preparation of new documents and manuscripts. Makes library searches for information and prints material from multiple sources.
  • 5% Lab maintenance
  • Routine maintenance of microscopes and office equipment. Occasional use of scanning electron microscope. Responsible for quality control of procedures and data collection. Routine acquisition and maintenance of computers and printers including arranging for repairs. Maintains data inventory, ensures accurate input of recorded data.
  • 5% Lab management
  • Logs in, organizes and properly stores new samples. Follows up with researchers to facilitate small and equipment returns.

Vaccinations Programs

  • Including SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19)

Vaccination Program

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccinations Programs

  • With Interim Amendments. As a condition of Physical Presence at a Location or in a University Program, all Covered Individuals must participate in any applicable Vaccination Program by providing proof that they are Up-to-Date with any required Vaccines or submitting a request for Exception in a Mandate Program or properly declining vaccination in an Opt-Out Program no later than the Compliance Date (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.). Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

For more information, please visit:

  • UC Santa Barbara COVID-19 Information

  • University of California Policy on Vaccinations

  • With Interim Amendments
  • August 5, 2021 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Order (Heath Care Worker Vaccine Requirement)

  • Covered Individuals: A Covered Individual includes anyone designated as Personnel, Students, or Trainees under this Policy who physically access a University Facility or Program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training. A person accessing a Healthcare Location as a patient, or an art, athletics, entertainment, or other publicly accessible venue at a Location as a member of the public, is not a Covered Individual.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UC Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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