Staff Research Associate 1 (9613C) - 20890
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: July 27, 2021
The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as Faculty Research performed by faculty organized in five divisions:
- Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
- Cell and Developmental Biology
- Genetics, Genomics and Development
- Immunology and Pathogenesis
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 types of living organisms from which the departmental faculty draws its working materials are as diverse as its disciplinary specializations, ranging from viruses and microbes through plants, roundworms, annelids, arthropods, and mollusks to fish, amphibia, and mammals. The faculty of the department is organized into five divisions: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Neurobiology; and Immunology and Pathogenesis.
The Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and Integrative Biology (IB) together are among the largest academic departments at UC Berkeley. By several measures (including number of faculty and students, budget, and assigned square feet), these departments are larger than many UCB colleges and schools. The two departments represent over 186 faculty FTE (including Adjuncts, Professors of the Graduate School, active emeriti and 15 HHMI professors); 150 postdocs and other research positions; 375 graduate students; 80 department staff members; and 8 recharge centers. Financial resources include approximately $51M in annual extramural funding (which accounts for over half of the total sponsored research awards in the College of Letters & Science) and over $46M other fund sources. The department has 1,800 declared undergraduate majors (the largest majors on the Berkeley campus) and a total annual enrollment in classes of ~20,000. Department personnel are currently housed in seven buildings located in three widely separated parts of the campus.
Research responsibilities include:
- Collecting, organizing, and analyzing genotype and phenotype data from stickleback populations and genetic crosses
- Microinjecting fish embryos to make new mutant and transgenic lines
- Keeping detailed notes in lab notebook of research activities
- Continuing genetic crosses by directed breeding of fish with known genotypes, including:
- Monitoring reproductive status of fish and notifying lab members of perceived changes in fish breeding condition, setting up genetic crosses by artificial fertilization
- Keeping detailed written and spreadsheet records of geneaology
Lab management responsibilities include:
- Helping organize lab reagents and fish genetic crosses
- Ensuring all health and safety requirements are met.
- Attend safety meetings, complete and maintain all health and safety related lab records.
- Provide training to others as needed.
- Help train other researchers genotyping and phenotyping protocols
- Helping maintain inventory and order necessary supplies
- Assisting with fish genetics including setting up genetic crosses, monitoring fish reproductive status, monitoring fish embryos and larvae
- Training in biology, and college coursework in biology, genetics, and chemistry; and upper division coursework in quantitative genetics
- At least 1 year previous lab research experience
- Highly motivated and excited to learn
- Willingness to work with small fish
- Extremely organized and detail-oriented
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to keep detailed notes and records
- Familiarity with computers and basic word processing and spreadsheet software
- Training in biology, and/or college coursework in biology, genetics, and chemistry; and/or upper division coursework in genetics and developmental biology.
- B.A. or B.S. in biology or closely related field and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.
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.
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: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/rx/index.html
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