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Staff Research Associate (9613C), QB3 Institute - 33296
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 21, 2022
Title Staff Research Associate (9613C), QB3 Institute - 33296
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - Molecular

Staff Research Associate (9613C), QB3 Institute - 33296

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 Functional Genomics Laboratory (FGL) is a core facility within the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences - Berkeley (QB3 - Berkeley). QB3's mission is to support biotechnology research within the broadly defined California research community, and the FGL's role within QB3 is to provide high throughput genomics assays and library preparation services. The FGL works closely and under joint leadership with the Vincent J. Coates Genome Sequencing Laboratory (GSL) and Computational Genomics Resource Laboratory (CGRL) to provide a full suit of genomics and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) services, from experimental design to execution and analysis. Together, these three QB3 Genomics cores perform $4 million in annual services for UC Berkeley, other UC campuses, LBNL, and myriad other academic and private institutions world-wide.

We are looking for a Staff Research Associate to take on variety of NGS library preparation services and assist with operations at the FGL. The SRA will work independently to fulfill client researcher requests and complete projects pertaining to NGS library preparation and quality control analysis. The position requires skill in general molecular biology techniques and interpretation of common size and purity assays for nucleic acids. Knowledge in molecular biology methods should be sufficient to troubleshoot routine issues, but rare or complex issues will be escalated to senior lab personel. Additionally, the SRA will assist in the organization of the lab and maintenance and operation of laboratory instruments and robots.

The SRA will work directly with and report to the FGL Manager and Director. The SRA will communicate with client researchers to answer questions about submissions and services, as well as provide project updates, and will coordinate with the GSL to facilitate project hand-offs.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 14, 2022.

  • Quantitate and evaluate nucleic acid quality by flourimetry, spectrophotometry, and gel and capillary electrophoresis.
  • Generate DNA and RNA NGS libraries manually and using robotics.
  • Assist with maintenance of laboratory robotics and instruments.
  • Assist with generating and troubleshooting Illumina library preparation experiments.
  • Prioritize incoming projects, maintain records of project status, and update client researchers regarding project status.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly laboratory, and assist with inventory management.
  • Provide assistance to client researchers, send and receive samples.
  • Contribute to lab efficiency by coordinating tasks with other staff, identifying sources of inefficiency, and suggesting solutions and improvements to the lab and procedures.

Required Qualifications
  • Laboratory experience and knowledge of molecular biology techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Keen attention to detail and organizational habits.

  • Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences and/or equivalent training or experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in and/or ability to learn preparation of NGS libraries.
  • Experience working with RNA.
  • Familiarity with and/or ability to learn NGS technologies.
  • Experience with and/or ability to learn any of the following instruments: Qubit, Nanodrop, Bioanalyzer, Fragment Analyzer, Femto Pulse, cassette based size selection instruments, sonicators, or pipetting robots.

Salary & Benefits

How to Apply

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Other Information
  • This is a career, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week appointment, eligible for full UC benefits. QB3 Institute is hiring two Staff Research Associates. 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:

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