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Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) - 6185
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 28, 2020
Title Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) - 6185
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Biology - Neuroscience/Neurobiology
    Biology - Molecular
    Biology - Genetics

Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) - 6185

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 11, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Scott Lab studies the gustatory system in Drosophila melanogaster to understand how sensory information is processed by the brain to give rise to specific behaviors. Drosophila sense many of the same taste stimuli as mammals, including sugars, salts, acids, alcohols and noxious chemicals. These compounds mediate acceptance or avoidance behaviors, and activation of a single sensory neuron is sufficient to produce a behavior. Although innate, taste behaviors may be modified by learning and experience. The simplicity of ligands and behaviors, along with the molecular, genetic, calcium imaging and electrophysiological approaches available in Drosophila, allows us to examine taste processing from sensory input to motor output in a system that can also be modified by learning.

  • Maintain and use a 2-photon microscope and develop a preparation for calcium imaging in live, walking flies, and perform calcium imaging experiments of taste responses.
  • Perform a limited variety of non-standard laboratory and/ or field experimental procedures requiring ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to special and changing needs of research in one specialized field).
  • Train laboratory members on calcium imaging and perform independent experiments studying taste processing in the fly brain.
  • Perform a limited variety of non-standard laboratory and/ or field experimental procedures requiring ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to special and changing needs of research in one specialized field).
  • Computer Programming in Matlab or Python.
  • Maintaining transgenic fly stocks.
  • Maintaining, ordering and organizing laboratory supplies.

Required Qualifications
  • Extensive training in molecular biology, genetics, and neurobiology, with relevant research experience in Drosophila.
  • The ability to conduct independent research, including experimental design, troubleshooting, hypothesis generation and testing.
  • Technical expertise in a wide-array of complex skills including Drosophila husbandry, molecular biology to isolate genomic DNA and score genotypes, advanced microscopy, calcium imaging.
  • Computer programming familiarity in Matlab or Python.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with lab members as well as other members of the department.
  • Managerial skills including, ordering reagents, maintaining equipment.
  • BA in biology and/or equivalent training/experience.
  • Several years of relevant laboratory experience, previous experience can be part-time.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary 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.

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:
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