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Research Associate (9611C) - 23839
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2021
Title Research Associate (9611C) - 23839
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - General

Research Associate (9611C) - 23839

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: September 23, 2021

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.

  • Developing and Designing: Will develop and design experimental work in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology, microbial genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and imaging by light and electron microscopy.
  • Conduct experiments: Will conduct experimental work in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology, microbial genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and imaging by light and electron microscopy.
  • Collect, compile and analyze data: Will document results of experiments and analyze data.
  • Administrative: Responsible for assisting with lab database maintenance and EH&S compliance.
  • Lab Management and Supervision: Responsible for planning and supervising the work of the undergraduate lab assistants. Will collaboratively design and contribute to research projects with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and the PI.
  • Training: Responsible for training staff and students on lab equipment and new techniques.
  • Meetings: Will attend meetings with scientific collaborators to develop new methodologies and techniques.

Required Qualifications
  • Experience in basic culture and molecular genetics of bacteria (culturing, growth assays, transformation, plasmid preparation, molecular cloning, PCR, transposon mutagenesis, transposon mapping); experience with mammalian cell culture (culturing cell lines and primary cells, transfections, generation of stable cell lines); experience with infection of mammalian cells with bacteria; experience with fluorescence microscopy (using fluorescent proteins and vital stains), immunofluorescence microscopy, and electron microscopy; experience with protein expression in E. coli and with the baculovirus expression system; experience with protein purification; experience with standard biochemical assays including SDS-PAGE and western blotting. Ability to work on multiple assignments, set priorities, reprioritize with ease mid-task, and take initiative in defining and executing work. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a team. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, especially regarding technical details, instrumentation, etc. Excellent organization skills (general computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, cloud-based Google apps) for keeping track of results and sharing progress, including use of electronic laboratory inventory systems.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in Molecular and Cell Biology or a related field and minimum of five years' experience with bacterial genetics, bacterial pathogenesis, cell biology, biochemistry, and imaging and or equivalent experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with bacterial pathogens, particularly pathogenic Mycobacteria; experience with assays for actin cytoskeleton function.

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 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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