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Lab Assistant III Fish Facility (9602C), Molecular & Cell Biology Research - 35578
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 21, 2022
Title Lab Assistant III Fish Facility (9602C), Molecular & Cell Biology Research - 35578
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

Lab Assistant III Fish Facility (9602C), Molecular & Cell Biology Research - 35578

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.

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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 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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 24, 2022.


  • Prepare fish food and feed fish
    • The facility holds up to 1350 3-liter tanks and is currently at ~75% capacity.
    • Each tank contains a variable number of fish (between 1-75)and the amount of food fed to each tank is deduced by the employee based upon the tank occupancy.
    • The current facility has the capacity to hold almost 34,000 fish in tanks of 2 sizes (3-liter and 10-liter).
    • Wash tanks; sterilize net and glassware-5% of the day.
  • Routine maintenance of aquaria and re-circulating water system.
  • Record keeping on paper.
    • The daily SOP checklist must be filled out and data, as well as any anomalies, recorded.
    • Conductivity and pH values, feeding times, etc. are recorded on paper.
    • Additionally, the employee must calculate daily the amount of salts and bicarbonate to add to the water to achieve the appropriate conductivity, hardness/alkalinity, and pH and these values are recorded.
  • Miscellaneous husbandry or record keeping tasks as assigned by senior staff.
  • Analyze fish growth, assess when stocks can be moved from nursery to main facility, and responsibility for moving stocks as appropriate.
  • Perform specialized system maintenance (clean and calibrate conductivity and pH probes; disassemble UV sterilization system and perform repairs and/or replace UV bulbs; undertake major system repairs (e.g. pump replacement, leak repair).
  • Train and supervise 2 work study students during their shifts and train and/or assist lab members on fish facility tasks as requested.

Required Qualifications

  • Must have sufficient education or experience to be trained in the duties of the position.
  • Must be extremely reliable and responsible.
  • Ability to follow directions, pay attention to detail, and keep careful records.
  • Once trained, must be able to work independently to perform required tasks and to recognize and report operational problems, and often undertake required repairs.
  • Ability to handle the physical requirements of the job.
  • Enjoy working with animals.
  • Must be able to work 3 or 4 days per week, including at least 1 weekend day.
  • Must be able to work occasional holidays.


  • High school diploma required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work experience with animals or in an aquatic animal facility is preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work frequent holidays or to cover for others on vacation is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with Aquatic Ecosystems equipment is preferred.


  • Some college coursework, particularly in the biological sciences, preferred but not required.

Salary & Benefits

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

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) 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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