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