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Lab Assistant (9603C) - 27365 - 1161
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Lab Assistant (9603C) - 27365 - 1161
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

Lab Assistant (9603C) - 27365 - 1161

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: August 9, 2019

Departmental Overview

The Firestone Lab studies soil microbial ecology - examining how all those microbes interact with growing plants and with each other, how they break down carbon substrates and cycle nutrients, and how they impact exchange of gases such as CO2, CH4, and N2O between the soil and the atmosphere. Our recent projects examine topics ranging from:

1. Microbial mediation of soil carbon dynamics;
2. Processes in the zone of soil around the plant root, called the rhizosphere;
3. Using a meta-omic approach to link identity with function (from metagenomes to metatranscriptomes to metaproteomes and metabolomes);
4. Digging deeper to examine microbial communities in saprolite (proto-soil);
5. And microbial mediation of nitrogen cycling, with a particular focus on the highly reactive nitrous oxide.

For more information about the Lab, please visit


  • Conduct standard molecular laboratory work, including DNA and RNA extractions, on soil samples.
  • Perform faunal (protozoa and nematode) extractions on soil samples.
  • Prepare amplicon libraries for sequencing.
  • Process amplicon sequence data for analysis of faunal communities.
  • Other duties as needed (e.g. attend lab meetings, assist lab staff with sample collection, inventory lab supplies).

Required Qualifications

  • Able to work effectively with and respond to other lab members and meet their needs.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail .
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
  • Experience with basic molecular microbiology laboratory techniques.
  • Experience working with soil, including soil preparation.
  • Experience with amplicon library preparation and data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least one year of prior lab experience.

Salary & Benefits

The position is non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $17.74 - $20.40, steps 1.0 - 4.5.

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 Technical Unit (TX) 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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