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Opportunity: Biological Database Testing & User Support Technician (#110348) @ UCSC Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering--Santa Cruz, CA (US)
Submitted by Branwyn Wagman; posted on Friday, January 27, 2012
BACKGROUND:
The Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering (CBSE, http://www.cbse.ucsc.edu/) at UC Santa Cruz seeks a customer-oriented individual with strong analytical skills and a commitment to quality to test biological software and data and to research and answer user questions. The successful candidate must be analytical, articulate, organized, detail-oriented, and adaptable. The position requires independence and self-motivation in a team environment.

The UCSC Center for Genomic Sciences, part of the CBSE, operates an important scientific web site for use by researchers worldwide, http://genome.ucsc.edu. Thousands of scientists use the site every day to access the fruits of the human genome project. The site combines cutting-edge research in genomics with solid software engineering and maintains a simple but flexible user interface.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under close supervision of the quality assurance manager, the selected candidate will systematically test software, data, and databases before public release and research answers to user questions regarding underlying biological assumptions and computational methods in the genome software and databases. This position works as part of a team of people performing similar work alongside a group of software developers. It interacts extensively with the manager, software developers, other team members, and genome researchers from throughout the world. The work is fast-paced and varied and requires both great attention to detail and a broad understanding of the entire genome browser.

REQUIREMENTS:
Qualifications include a BA or BS in either a biological science or computer science plus coursework or experience in the other or an equivalent combination of education and experience; general knowledge of UNIX; broad knowledge in biology; working knowledge of genomic sequence organization, genome maintenance, and gene expression and regulation in eukaryotes; ability to search the Internet to find answers to scientific questions.

TERMS:
Full time/ career

LOCALE:
Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering/ Baskin School of Engineering/ University of California, Santa Cruz

COMPENSATION:
Starting salary range: $37,200 to $58,000/year, $3100-$4833/month. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

HOW TO APPLY:
Apply for this job online at http://jobs.ucsc.edu; search for job #1103480.

DEADLINE:
Initial review of applications, 2/9/2012

POLICY:
UCSC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.

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