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Staffing Research Associate (SRA 1) - EECS/Carmena Lab
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 4, 2020
Title Staffing Research Associate (SRA 1) - EECS/Carmena Lab
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - General

Staffing Research Associate (SRA 1) - EECS/Carmena Lab

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: 8/17/20

Departmental Overview

The Carmena Lab at UC Berkeley ( is recruiting a Staff Research Associate to assist with managing laboratory research operations, assist with research activities, and provide administrative support services to lab personnel.

We are seeking a Staff Research Associate to play an assistive role in ongoing laboratory research and operations. The SRA will provide support to lab members by assisting the current SRA with basic laboratory tasks (e.g. stock management, surgery preparations), assisting with research activities (e.g. animal training, microscopy, surgery, and oversight of overall colony health), and assisting with administrative tasks (e.g. onboarding new personnel, management of animal use protocols).

The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, excellent organization skills, and the ability to work independently and as a part of a highly interdisciplinary team. Training will be provided for all skills listed.


40% Assist researchers with research operations:
  • Provide animal training
  • Perform experimental set-up and clean-up
  • Provide animal care

30% Assist SRA in the following laboratory operations:
  • Enforcement of laboratory practices and safety procedures
  • Maintenance of safety equipment
  • Participate in the development and revision of standard operating procedures and guidelines
  • Maintain chemical and biological safety records
  • Procurement activity for the research group
  • Maintenance of lab consumables stocks
  • Coordinate maintenance and support of laboratory equipment

30% Assist SRA in the following lab management services:
  • Coordinate communication with human resources, payroll, and financial units
  • Reimbursements processing
  • Lab correspondence and website management

Required Qualifications
  • B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, or a related field with experience working in a laboratory environment or equivalent experience.
  • Cooperative, highly motivated and team-oriented individual with strong organizational and problem solving skills, attention to detail and thoroughness in work product.
  • Excellent interpersonal and skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of faculty, staff, students, researchers.
  • Proven ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, Illustrator, etc.
  • A willingness to learn new laboratory techniques and procedures is essential.
  • The candidate must adhere to all campus and EH&S safety policies.
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment is required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • General knowledge of University policies and procedures.
  • Experience in animal model research in a laboratory research setting.
  • Proven ability to take appropriate initiative to implement, maintain, and improve lab and office operations.
  • B.S. degree in Bioengineering, Biological Sciences, or a related field.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

The hourly salary designated for this position is $24.87. However, salary is commensurate with experience.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

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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