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Associate Specialist in semiochemistry

Posted by: Tom Dudley

Posted date: Apr-10-2017

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Associate Specialist - RIVRLab at Marine Science Institute (25% time) JPF00989

The Riparian Invasion Research Lab, affiliated with Marine Science Institute, is seeking a 25% time associate specialist in organic chemistry who can develop methods and analysis of an insect-derived aggregation pheromone for use in a research program concerning the use of an approved biological control agent, Diorhabda carinulata, targeting invasive Tamarix spp. This pheromone will be used in research studies to detect new colonization of this insect across the southwestern U.S., as well as to modulate the reproductive behavior of insects released to Tamarix-infested locations.

The successful applicant will operate in our laboratory in Noble Hall, and will coordinate with field crews responsible for field applications of the specific pheromone, so should be a team player who can coordinate well with crews as well as the project director. The position is 25% time on this specialized project, which will be completed over the 6-month period of anticipated insect activity.

*Basic Qualifications:
MS in Organic chemistry or related Chemistry field, or 5-10 years of experience demonstrating expertise with synthesis and production methods for natural productions chemistry.

*Additional Qualifications:
Substantial experience with analytical methods for complex organic materials identification and synthesis. Basic computing skills and analytical writing capabilities suited to project reporting and publishing of results in technical journals.

*Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with semiochemicals, specifically synthesis and production techniques for insect pheromones for field applications in applied entomology. Ideally with experience formulation and production of (2E,4Z)-2,4-heptadienal (pheromone for Diorhabda carinulata, our target research organism).

25% time appointment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with University of California policy. The position starts as soon as possible. Current funding supports the position for six months.

To Apply: Open date is March 30, 2017 and close date is April 13, 2017. Please provide a current curriculum vitae along with a cover letter and contact information for two references.

Electronic applications (including CV, cover letter and references) should be sent to:


The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

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.


Job Title Associate Specialist in semiochemistry
Post Details
Email tdudley(at)msi.ucsb.edu
Employer's Website http://
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Chemistry
Job Classification Job Classification -> Specialist
Job Type Job Type -> Part-time
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Key Words insect pheromone, semiochemistry
Start Date 15 April or when filled
Salary based on experience
Deadline Apr-20-2017