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Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), Plant & Microbial Biology - 36664
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 25, 2022
Title Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), Plant & Microbial Biology - 36664
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
    Biology - Microbiology
    Biology - General

Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), Plant & Microbial Biology - 36664

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 Department of Plant & Microbial Biology is committed to the University of California's mission of dedicated research and to providing a superior education in plant biology, microbiology, and related life sciences. We integrate fast-changing technology and developments into our research and develop collaborative partnerships with other scientists and research institutions at UC Berkeley and around the world.

The Seed Lab in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley investigates the interactions between phages and Vibrio cholerae. A key goal of our research is to uncover mechanisms underpinning the coevolutionary dynamics between phages and V. cholerae in the context of cholera infection.

We are currently seeking a proactive, self-motivated Staff Research Associate to carry out mechanistic studies on the interactions between phages and V. cholerae. The individual will participate in specific research project(s) focused on molecular mechanisms of phage defense and counter-defense. In addition, depending on abilities, there is the opportunity for this individual to be engaged in some bioinformatics-focused projects.

The ideal candidate is highly motivated, organized, solution-oriented, has a genuine interest in phage/bacterial interactions, and has a strong desire to support the Seed lab's goals. This is an ideal opportunity for several types of candidates: an experienced research technician with a background in molecular biology, microbiology, and/or genomics, or a recent graduate seeking the experience necessary to pursue a career/further their education in microbiology would be an excellent fit. Compensation and job level/title will be commensurate with education and experience. Ideally, we are looking for a candidate interested in staying in this role for at least two years before moving on to their next opportunity.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: June 20, 2022.


Independent research responsibilities
  • Use genetic and/or biochemical approaches to evaluate molecular mechanisms of phage defense and counter-defense.

Lab responsibilities
  • Help with lab operations and assist with laboratory maintenance duties as required, such as ordering supplies, managing inventory, and coordinating with building management and EH&S inspections. Interact with PI Seed and resident researchers to coordinate experimental support. Participate in lab meetings to keep abreast of current research projects and support needs. Present summary of findings verbally at lab meetings and in written format if findings are gauged to be appropriate for publication.

Required Qualifications
  • Research experience in microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology and a strong understanding of the underlying scientific principles. Ability to work both independently and as a team member. Strong attention to detail with emphasis on keeping records of experiments and results. Strong organizational skills, prioritization skills, and time management skills. Excellent communication skills. Ability to multitask effectively and be adaptable to changing priorities. Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and perform a variety of new techniques.

  • Bachelor's degree in the life sciences or related discipline and/or equivalent training or experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior research experience in bacterial genetics. Prior research experience in phage biology.

  • BA/BS in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and/or equivalent research experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

How to Apply

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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

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