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Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), QB3 Berkeley - 68882
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 15, 2024
Title Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), QB3 Berkeley - 68882
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C), QB3 Berkeley - 68882

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.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at UC Berkeley (QB3- Berkeley) harnesses the quantitative sciences of physics and engineering to unify our understanding of biological systems at all levels of complexity, from atoms and molecules to cells, tissues, and entire living organisms.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 27, 2024


  • Adopt diverse methods to isolate phages from diverse environments, carry out genome wide screening assays, sample preparations for next gene ration sequencing, and prepare easy to follow experimental records.
  • Optimize growth of bacterial pathogens and their genetic manipulations.
  • Carry out phage evolution experiments, sample collection and processing.
  • Carry out experimental protocols to study phage combinations with phage/antibiotic/metals/chemicals.
  • Adopt and improvise robotic automation protocols and tools for enhanced research productivity.
  • Attend weekly/monthly team meetings and provide an update on the project.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of handling bacteria and phage strains including their isolation and characterization.
  • Experience in genome/plasmid preparation, PCR, gel electrophoresis.
  • Knowledge of multiple sample collection and processing.
  • Acquaintance with molecular cloning, media formulations, and strain archiving.


  • B.S. degree in microbiology, virology, genetics, biochemistry, bioengineering, synthetic biology, genomics, molecular biology; a related field with 1-2 years related experience; and/or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of next generation sequencing technologies.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, maintain appropriate records.

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 $58,490.82 (step 1.0) - $94,091.99 (step 25.0).

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

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.

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