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Assistant Specialist - Molecular & Cell Biology - Collins Lab
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 7, 2019
Title Assistant Specialist - Molecular & Cell Biology - Collins Lab
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline 11/4/2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Faculty Associate
  • Biology - General
    Biology - Cell Biology
    Biology - Molecular

Open date: October 3rd, 2019
Next review date: Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Monday, Nov 4, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Assistant Specialist – Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Structural Biology – Department of Molecular and Cell Biology – Collins Lab

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Specialist in the Collins Lab with a background in Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Structural Biology. The position is full-time with an expected start date of October 2019.

The primary responsibility of the incumbent will be to conduct research about the mechanism of a eukaryotic reverse transcriptase and about protein-nucleic acid interaction. The incumbent will work on experiments designed in consultation with, and under the general supervision of, the laboratory head. Research will use cell culture, extract preparation, cloning, mutagenesis, DNA and RNA and protein purification, and primer extension assays for polymerase activity. Polymerase protein will be produced, purified and structurally characterized.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application)

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent international degree

Additional Qualifications (by start date)

  • 1-2 years of academic or research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with mammalian and bacterial cell culture, molecular biology and biochemistry methods.
  • Experience with working collaboratively and keeping a lab notebook. Projects will span a wide range of areas, and the candidate should be flexible, creative, and able to master new techniques as needed.
  • Experience with on-campus purchasing and inventory systems is strongly preferred.

This position reports to Dr. Kathleen Collins. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

$49,700 – $51,800 depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

To Apply:


Include names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position (required). (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).

Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Professor Kathleen Collins at

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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