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Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) 34439
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 29, 2022
Title Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) 34439
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Biology - Molecular
    Biology - Cell Biology

Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) 34439

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The teaching and research activities of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) concern the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms. This agenda covers a broad range of specialized disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, structural biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, tumor biology, microbiology, immunology, pathogenesis and neurobiology.

The Robey lab is interested in how signaling pathways control cell fate decisions. By using T cell development and immune responses in the mouse as model systems, we can take advantage of the powerful genetic approaches available in the mouse, while learning about a mammalian immune system that is very close to our own. Our lab also makes extensive use of 2-photon imaging approaches to observe and analyze T cell behavior in real-time in situ.

The Lab is seeking a Staff Research Associate 2 level to support and facilitate the experiments of Robey Lab researchers.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 29, 2022


Laboratory Research

  • Perform laboratory research in molecular biology including cloning and sterile technique.
  • Perform high-throughput techniques including library construction and analysis
  • Prepare solutions, cultures, media, and reagents for experimental use.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments. Provide routine interpretations of experiments.
  • Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices.
  • Under general supervision, ensure timely and accurate performance of responsibilities and tasks.
  • Handle and dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous materials in accordance with safety protocols.

Laboratory management

  • Maintain and organize laboratory supplies. Monitor inventory levels and order or secure supplies as needed. Minor supervision of work study students to assist in this area.
  • Maintain laboratory in orderly, operable condition. Maintain security and safety of personnel, equipment and data.
  • Support laboratory personnel as needed.
  • Assist in maintaining breeding colonies of genetically engineered strains of mice. Involves maintaining breeding records, typing mice using PCR and flow cytometry.

Train and manage laboratory assistants in performing, ear punching, bleeding, PCR and general maintenance of the lab.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills and motivation to work with others in a highly cooperative team.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent attention to detail, efficiency and accuracy.
  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping abilities.
  • Laboratory experience and/or working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols.
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in biochemistry or molecular biology and/or equivalent training/experience.
  • At least one year of experience in research in the area of immunology, molecular, or cell biology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of mouse research, flow cytometry, and immunological assays.

Salary & Benefits

This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience (stepped rates).

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


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