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Staff Research Associate I (9613C) - 27466 - 1069
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 2, 2019
Title Staff Research Associate I (9613C) - 27466 - 1069
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

Staff Research Associate I (9613C) - 27466 - 1069

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 20, 2019

Departmental Overview

Tuberculosis has been a major global health concern for well over a century. Although many potential treatments have been vigorously pursued, conventional strategies have failed to eradicate TB infection and, in fact, the global threat has grown over the last couple decades, potentially stemming from the fact that treatment attempts have neglected to take into account the deeply integrated, symbiotic-like relationship between Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its host that has developed over 40,000 years of human/bacterial co-evolution.

The Cox Lab (housed in the UC Berkeley MCB Department) aims to understand the key mechanisms that dictate the M. tuberculosis-human relationship with the goal of breaking these ties, targeting either host or pathogen factors to eliminate M. tuberculosis infection and use that knowledge to contribute to solving a steadily increasing threat in global health.

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  • Assist and perform research experiments using Molecular/cell biology and computational approaches: DNA cloning, qPCR, transfection, lentivirus production, CRISPR genetics, next-generation sequencing, genomics, transcriptomics.
  • Learn and carry out biochemical techniques such as SDS-PAGE, affinity purification, western blotting.
  • Assist and carry out molecular genetic methods to overexpress and silence gene expression in mammalian cell culture, molecular cloning techniques and mutagenesis, cell biological assays to assess protein function and localization, western blotting, quantitative PCR analysis, and other assays that are critical for advancing our studies of infectious diseases.
  • Present in lab meetings of research accomplishments, and participate in manuscript and grant writing.
  • Supervising undergraduate student assistants to ensure successful completion of fundamental tasks, including ordering/stocking laboratory supplies, preparation of lab stocks, mouse breeding, and general laboratory maintenance.
  • Assist with on-boarding of new lab personnel, including key car access and safety training
  • Coordinating vendors in procurement and maintenance of lab equipment
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with molecular cloning and culturing of bacteria and/or mammalian cells
  • Facility with computer programming and/or working with large data sets
  • Familiarity with DNA software
  • Ability to independently make solutions based on molarity and % composition

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer programming languages (e.g. Python, R, bash).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of command line experience in Linux and Python
  • Manipulation of mammalian cells by transfection or viral transduction

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role 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.

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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