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Lab Operations Assistant (5194U) 33713
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 8, 2022
Title Lab Operations Assistant (5194U) 33713
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Chemistry - General
    Biology - General

Lab Operations Assistant (5194U) 33713

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

UC Berkeley is the flagship campus of the University of California, internationally renowned for intellectual endeavors, particularly in life sciences and engineering. To equip UC Berkeley with one of the finest global centers of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub has been created as the flagship innovation center bringing together scholars, entrepreneurs, recent alumni, and industry working at the interface of the life sciences and engineering to translate their academic innovation out into the world as startups and as leaders. Bakar Labs hosts a thriving community of up to 80 startup companies and spans more than 40,000 square feet of lab and office spaces within the fully renovated Woo Hon Fai Hall. The mission of this unit is three-pronged: 1) Create essential & high visibility capabilities: rare, sought after tough tech labs to attract industry and start-up innovators; 2) Chart a path for sustainable innovation for this generation and those to come: Establish a revenue-generating incubator that harnesses campus proximity and vibrant programs for students and researchers; and 3) Bolster our community and link to the greater world: Galvanize UC Berkeley's spokes of innovation and entrepreneurship, while providing a portal through which innovators from across UC, the State of California, and around the globe will join us.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 18, 2022



  • Monitor, order, receive, restock, and distribute essential lab supplies such as dry ice, CO2 gas, liquid nitrogen and basic reagents such as ethanol.
  • Ensure basic equipment maintenance including, disinfecting biosafety cabinets, topping up water in incubators, cleaning centrifuges, and defrosting freezers according is fulfilled per service contract and escalate issues as necessary.
  • Assist with receiving/notification/distribution of packages and tenant move ins/ special deliveries.
  • Keep lab common areas tidy and ready to use.
  • Coordinate support for current or future premium services ensuring a high level of tenant satisfaction.
  • Report any equipment or facility malfunctions.
  • Log/document activities and maintenance to ensure alignment with lab operations manager's priorities.
  • Works with management to coordinate and manage facility improvement projects and actively participates on committees and / or meetings concerning improvements to departmental facilities.
  • Coordinates and carries out department signage


  • Be a friendly resource to assist tenants as needed, sharing established procedures such as waste stream management, locations of shared resources such as supplies or equipment, orientation to online tools such as scheduling software. Occasionally provide basic operational support for lab equipment including biosafety cabinets, fume hoods, cold storage, and sterilizers.
  • Assist tenants with onboarding by ensuring company office and lab space is properly organized, labeled and set up according to Standard Operating Procedure.
  • Communicate to lab manager tenant inquiries and concerns that are out of scope for this role.
  • Anticipate, plan, and communicate to Bakar Labs team and tenants significant service disruptions to facility and laboratory resources or services.
  • Create policies and usage instructions for shared equipment resources such as core facilities and tissue culture rooms (eg. advanced equipment use, training and qualification, sign up scheduling, service need reporting).
  • May act as Building Coordinator for organization emergency / disaster preparedness and coordinates education and planning in this area for all building occupants.


  • Respond to emailed support inquiries as directed by lab operations manager.
  • Assist in drafting laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Monitor Slack channels for tenant inquiries, and triage responses.
  • Communicate to lab operations manager tenant activity which significantly deviates from established lab and EHS policies. Examples include non-compliance with safety policies or using unleased space.
  • Participate in team meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of practices and procedures of safety and emergency preparedness. Comply with all laboratory safety protocols, including, but not limited to, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), proper laboratory techniques, disposal of biohazard.
  • Written communication skills to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, policies and procedures, and training documents.
  • Skills to work under pressure of deadlines in a stressful environment with a customer-facing orientation, and a sense of urgency about required work.
  • Active listening, interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills to effectively resolve questions, concerns,issues or problems.
  • Be detail oriented, organized with skills to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with competing deadlines, fluctuating priorities establishing timelines to meet project deadlines.
  • Competency with computer skills, understanding basic IT Required concepts (hardware, software, basic networking), Google Suite, Slack
  • Ability to keep good laboratory records.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Exposure to UC Berkeley campus systems and policies.
  • Experience with lab equipment.
  • Introductory coursework in biology, chemistry, or engineering.
  • Experience with or knowledge of EH&S regulations.

Salary & Benefits

Hourly 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. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information

  • We are hiring for 2 career, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week appointments, eligible for full UC benefits.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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