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Staff Research Associate II (9612C) - 9121
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 21, 2020
Title Staff Research Associate II (9612C) - 9121
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - Cell Biology
    Biology - General
    Biology - Molecular

Staff Research Associate II (9612C) - 9121

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 Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a non-profit, academic research organization formed through the partnership of UC Berkeley andUC San Francisco located on the UC Berkeley campus. At the IGI, we envision a world in which genome engineering innovations benefit humanity and are accessible to all. A key focus is accelerating translation of CRISPR-based approaches to address real-world problems in human health and agriculture.

The IGI is looking for passionate people who share our vision and values. We are committed to hiring and developing employees who want to work in a high performing culture. The IGI is especially interested in candidates whose previous experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We encourage individuals to apply who may have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off for family/personal reasons, or excelled in careers outside academia.


Sample Intake:
  • Accept and reject collected SARS-CoV-2 specimen kits in a Biosafety Cabinet.
  • LIMs interactions and proper handling of Protected Health Information.
  • Adherence to rigid rejection criteria and safety guidelines.

  • Process accepted specimens through the Hamilton STARlet to form plates for extraction.
  • Process currently involves a large array of screw cap tubes that must be decapped and capped before and after the process.

Robotic Liquid Handler Management:
  • Operate and monitor progress of samples through the Hamilton Vantage extraction and qPCR plating processes to ensure task completion without error.

  • Review and approve qPCR results and amplification curves.

Documentation & General:
  • Make records of any deviation to written processes in the LIMs.
  • Assist with proficiency testing and safety inspections.
  • Maintenance of laboratory inventory.
  • Waste disposal.

Required Qualifications
  • Experience with general laboratory techniques.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a technical team.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet daily deadlines in a fast-paced facility setting.

Licenses or certifications required, if any:
  • CLS certification required for shift lead position only but preferred for all staff.
  • EUA educational requirements to work in a CLIA SARs-CoV-2 facility without a CLS license.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in a CLIA and or BSL2 facility.
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques: DNA/RNA extraction, PCR and qPCR, and serological testing assays.
  • Experience with basic molecular and cellular biology techniques.
  • Experience working in a core or resource facility setting.

Salary & Benefits

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.

Other Information

This is a Limited appointment position, with an end date.

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:

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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