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Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) - 12633
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 5, 2020
Title Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) - 12633
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) - 12633

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 17, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Innovative Genomics Institute IGI is composed of diverse researchers with a powerful combined expertise. After the development of the CRISPR-Cas9 system for rewriting DNA, we saw the potential of applying this technology to solve some of humanity's greatest problems. Our scientists conduct world-class research, driven by the real possibility to cure human disease, end hunger, and protect the environment.


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.
  • qPCR.
  • 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.

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.

Licenses or certifications:
  • CLS Certification, preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual 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.

Other Information

This is a 12-month, full-time, 40-hours per week, Limited (temporary) appointment.

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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