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Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), Molecular & Cell Biology - 48040
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 19, 2023
Title Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), Molecular & Cell Biology - 48040
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - Molecular
    Biology - Cell Biology
    Biology - General

Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), Molecular & Cell Biology - 48040

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.

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Departmental Overview

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 Neurobiology 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.

The Staff Research Associate (SRA) will have research and administrative responsibilities in the Bateup lab in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Research responsibilities include tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, western blotting and/or cell culture. The SRA will also help to manage mouse colony, which includes genotyping and maintaining a colony database. In addition, the SRA will act as the lab manager who will assist the PI and lab members with various administrative and organizational tasks.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 1, 2023


  • Responsible for performing research and experiments including tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, western blotting and/or cell culture.
  • Manage the mouse colony including genotyping PCR.
  • Serve as lab safety officer and liaise with regulatory organizations on campus, keep regulatory protocols up to date.
  • Order reagents and supplies and maintain equipment.
  • Manage material transfer agreements and shipping/receiving of lab reagents.
  • Onboard new lab members, hire and train work-study students.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working in a biology, neuroscience or chemistry research lab
  • Lab management skills including writing and maintaining safety protocols and standard operating procedures
  • Excellent organizational and managerial skills, strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience performing experiments including tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, quantitative PCR, confocal microscopy and/or western blotting
  • Strong problem solving skills, ability to seek out solutions independently
  • Ability to work well with others and interact with people in different roles (faculty, students, post-docs, administrators, etc)
  • Skilled in the use of office management software including Google calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, Zoom, Excel, Slack and other administrative software tools (e.g. purchasing and reimbursement systems)
  • Good understanding of molecular biology and mouse genetics
  • Good pipetting skills and expertise with making buffers, PCR genotyping, and gel electrophoresis


  • Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry or related field and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with mouse colony maintenance
  • Experience with handling rodents (mice, in particular)


  • Master's degree in Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry or related field and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • 1+ year experience working with rodents, managing a mouse colony, or performing molecular biology experiments.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit this UCOP link.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $27.07 - $43.54, Steps 1.0 - 25.0.

  • This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position and eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary is commensurate with experience.
  • 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:

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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 the EEOC poster.

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