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Principal Scientist/Laboratory Manager

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Davis, California
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Sep 17, 2022

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UC Davis

Principal Scientist/Laboratory Manager

Salary Range: $6,750.00-$13,383.33/Month


Responsible for the management and supervision of the laboratory under general direction of the faculty Section Head. Works with a team of individuals to conduct routine regulatory testing and develops new testing strategies for the analysis of small and large molecule drugs in biological matrices utilizing advanced instrumental approaches including, but not limited to, liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry, gas chromatography – mass spectrometry, and immunoassay based approaches. Responsible for directing method development strategies, strategic planning, and project management to enhance the drug testing capabilities of the lab utilizing new technology as available. Ensures quality control procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are followed and maintains compliance with external accreditation organizations.




• Demonstrated experience in providing effective leadership and skills to provide effective laboratory management and supervision of technical staff in a high-production analytical laboratory including prioritizing workload and scheduling personnel to meet strict deadlines

• Master’s degree in chemistry or equivalent combined education and experience.

• Extensive experience utilizing mass spectrometry based analytical instrumentation and experience performing a wide variety of instrumental techniques using mass spectrometry, immunoassay and related technologies.

• Independent thinking, strong decision-making and problem solving skills to evaluate and solve problems and/or make sound recommendations.

• Knowledge of quality control and quality assurance in a laboratory that utilizes complex methodology.

• Knowledge and skills to effectively recruit, hire, train, and evaluate work performance of personnel.-Demonstrated excellent written, oral, communication and interpersonal skills to effectively manage and interact with staff and co-workers and provide customer service to clients of the CAHFS.



• Experience working in a fast-paced, high throughput analytical chemistry laboratory performing drug testing.

• Experience writing scientific publications and grant proposals and presenting scientific information to diverse audiences.

• Knowledge and understanding of regulations from ARCI, IFHA, HISA and related regulatory authorities.

• Professional or Fellow level membership in the Association of Official Racing Chemists.



The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy ( covering all employees.  To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.


No Smoking

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.


To view full job description and submit an on-line application, visit UC Davis Career Opportunities at:

Job ID#: 41107


The University of California, Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


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