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Staff Research Associate 1, Savage Lab (9613C), MCB Research - 33456
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 2, 2022
Title Staff Research Associate 1, Savage Lab (9613C), MCB Research - 33456
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 1, Savage Lab (9613C), MCB Research - 33456

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.

Departmental Overview

The Savage Lab is located in the Innovative Genomics Institute Building at the University of California, Berkeley and conducts research at the exciting interface of synthetic biology, protein engineering, and bacterial biology. The protein engineering team in the Savage lab focuses on the development of novel tools and techniques to aid in gene editing with applications to agriculture and human health. We are seeking a new, grant-funded, full-time, science research associate (SRA) to support this team. The SRA will be primarily responsible for the development of new CRISPR-Cas protein variants. This work will generally consist of optimization of high throughput techniques for cloning, library generation, and cell sorting under the moderate supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The successful applicant will have experience in molecular biology techniques including PCR, cloning, genotyping, and sequencing. Secondary responsibilities include general laboratory management.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 12, 2022.


Laboratory Research 55%
  • Perform laboratory research in molecular biology including cloning and sterile technique.
  • Perform high-throughput techniques including fluorescence-activated cell sorting.
  • Prepare solutions, cultures, media, and reagents for experimental use.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments. Provide routine interpretations of experiments.
  • Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices.
  • Under general supervision, ensure timely and accurate performance of responsibilities and tasks.
  • Handle and dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous materials in accordance with safety protocols.

Laboratory management 40%
  • Maintain and organize laboratory supplies. Monitor inventory levels and order or secure supplies as needed.
  • Maintain laboratory in orderly, operable condition. Maintain security and safety of personnel, equipment, and data.
  • Support laboratory personnel as needed.

Protein work 5%
  • Perform basic protein expression and purification.
  • Perform basic protein biochemistry assays.

Required Qualifications
  • Strong commitment to basic science research.
  • Good interpersonal skills and motivation to work with others in a highly cooperative team.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent attention to detail, efficiency and accuracy.
  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping abilities.
  • Laboratory experience and/or working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols.
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and skills.

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related field and/or equivalent training or experience. Previous research experience a plus.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Preference for candidates with experience working with fluorescent proteins, high-throughput techniques, and protein biochemistry and/or equivalent training or experience.

Salary & Benefits

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

How to Apply

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Other Information
  • This is a career, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.
  • 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

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