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Staff Research Associate 1 (9613C), Plant & Microbial Biology - 50413
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 15, 2023
Title Staff Research Associate 1 (9613C), Plant & Microbial Biology - 50413
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
    Biology - Microbiology

Staff Research Associate 1 (9613C), Plant & Microbial Biology - 50413

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.

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Departmental Overview

The Department of Plant & Microbial Biology (PMB) and Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology (NST) at UC Berkeley provides outstanding academic opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Our cutting-edge research by the world's foremost scientists is at the forefront of the latest advances in the biological sciences.

We are proud of our internationally acclaimed research and teaching programs at the top-ranked public university, where our mission is further scientific exploration for the public good.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 28, 2023


  • Perform standard, routine, and repetitive microbiology and nutritional scientific experiments with complex solutions, reagents, and culture media for undergraduate lab courses.
  • Perform laboratory procedures for microbiology and nutritional scientific courses, including set up and break down of the full experimental space.
  • Procure and maintain specimens (including animals) from the Botanical Garden, Herbarium, and other sources. Grow plants under greenhouse and controlled growth chamber conditions to be used in standard and routine experiments.
  • Perform a variety of non-standard experiments working in communication with instructors, GSIs and the teaching lab work lead in preparing and participating in test run experiments to determine feasibility.
  • Follow universal safety precautions and be up to date with safety training including biohazardous materials.
  • Perform routine equipment cleaning and maintenance of equipment and assist with arrangements for minor to major service or repair as necessary. Keep the teaching laboratory equipment inventory and chemical inventory updated.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of a limited variety of specialized laboratory equipment, specifically spectrophotometers, PCR machines, centrifuges, power supplies, gel boxes, pipetmen, vortexers, sterile flow hoods, light sources, and microscopes.
  • Must be dependable, meticulous, and be able to maintain a high level of laboratory cleanliness and organization.
  • Must possess the ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision and to be a proactive and effective problem solver.
  • Excellent time management skills, and the ability to work well under time pressure and exercise judgment to solve operational problems. The ability to set priorities and manage multiple overlapping deadlines that frequently change, in the midst of numerous interruptions.
  • Medium to advanced proficiency in computer/productivity software to email, create and modify documents and spreadsheets, organize files and use of the internet to place orders and gather information are essential to the position.
  • Solid interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of individuals (staff, students, faculty, undergraduates). Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to be both firm and flexible, and to exercise good judgment in deciding which approach is needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of necessary lab safety procedures and requirements, as well as chemical disposal guidelines.


  • BS or BA degree in a scientific discipline, or 5 years relevant laboratory experience, or a combination thereof and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

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 at $24.88 (Step 1) to $26.51 (Step 4)

  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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