Staff Research Associate 1, Savage Lab (9613C), MCB Research - 33456
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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%
Laboratory management 40%
- 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.
Protein work 5%
- 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.
- Perform basic protein expression and purification.
- Perform basic protein biochemistry assays.
- 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.
- Preference for candidates with experience working with fluorescent proteins, high-throughput techniques, and protein biochemistry and/or equivalent training or experience.
Salary & Benefits
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How to Apply
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- 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: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/rx/index.html
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