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Research Technician (9613C) 1610 - 1610
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 4, 2019
Title Research Technician (9613C) 1610 - 1610
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Research Technician (9613C) 1610 - 1610

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 20, 2019

Departmental Overview

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 goal of the Adesnik Laboratory is to reveal the neural basis of perception. More specifically, we want to understand exactly how cortical microcircuits process sensory information to drive behavior. While decades of research have carefully outlined how individual neurons extract specific features from the sensory environment, the cellular and synaptic mechanisms that permit ensembles of cortical neurons to actually process sensory information and generate perceptions are largely unknown.

  • Preparation of animals for neurophysiological experiments, including animal surgeries, viral injections, monitoring of animals, behavioral training of animals.
  • Animal colony maintenance and genotyping, including: animal breeding, weaning, culling, and genotyping by tissue biopsy and assay by PCR with a standard thermocycler.
  • Regular record keeping of all animals in the colony, as well as daily recording the body weight and drinking volume of animals involved in behavioral studies, and providing appropriate water volumes to animals on restricted water diets.
  • Histology and immunohistochemistry: including animal perfusion, tissue extraction, tissue slicing with a freezing microtome, immunostaining and processing and mounting of fixed and stained tissue slices.
  • Stereotactic surgery: including proper anesthetic induction with a precision isoflurane vaporizer, fixation of mice in a stereotaxic apparatus, performing craniotomies with a micro-drill, microinjection of dyes and AAV viruses with a syringe pump, suture of the skin, and post- surgical supervision.
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
  • Understanding of biology at the level of a B.S. in biology or a related field
  • Excellent organizational and management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal interaction skills
  • Expertise in at least one of the following: PCR, immunohistochemistry, animal husbandry, stereotactic surgery
  • General facility with mathematical skills required to prepare buffers and solutions
  • Computer skills - basic network management, operation of major features of Windows 7

  • B.A. or B.S. in Biology or related field (Chemistry, Psychology, Engineering, etc.)
  • Safety and compliance training for researchers and lab staff

Salary & Benefits

This is an hourly, non-exempt position. Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience within the range of Step 1.0 - $22.00 through Step 9.0 - $26.25

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:

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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