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Staff Research Associate II (9612C), Molecular & Cell Biology - 42328
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 15, 2022
Title Staff Research Associate II (9612C), Molecular & Cell Biology - 42328
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 II (9612C), Molecular & Cell Biology - 42328

About Berkeley

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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


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: September 28, 2022



  • Experiments will be performed to prepare protein extracts from bacteria, insect and human tissue culture cells for the purpose of purifying recombinant proteins using affinity and conventional chromatography on GE AKTA systems.
  • The candidate will use and maintain three different GE AKTA column chromatography systems.
  • The candidate will grow and harvest bacteria, insect and human cells for preparation of cell-free extracts from which proteins will be purified.


  • Perform experiments that involve transformation on plasmid DNAs into bacteria, the growth of large-scale bacterial cultures to express and purify recombinant proteins.
  • Harvest and freeze cells.
  • Perform experiments that involve transfection of plasmid DNAs, grow large scale insect and human suspension cell cultures to express recombinant proteins.
  • Cell fractionation and isolation of nuclei.


  • Standard cloning of DNA fragments in plasmid vectors, preparation of DNA from bacteria and DNA/RNA from human cells.


  • Perform experiments that involve transfection of plasmid DNA into insect and human cell lines.
  • Freeze and thaw new cell stocks.
  • Maintain inventory of cell stocks in liquid nitrogen storage.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills and motivation to work with others in a highly cooperative team.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent attention to detail, efficiency and accuracy.
  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping abilities.
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and skills.


  • Bachelor's degree in biochemistry/molecular biology or related field with at least one year of research experience.
  • Laboratory experience and/or working knowledge and/or ability to learn of laboratory equipment and research protocols.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Additional knowledge of biochemistry and protein purification is a plus.

Salary & Benefits

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.

Other Information

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:
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