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Fletcher Lab Manager (9602C) - Blum Center for Developing Economies (BLUM)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 14, 2023
Title Fletcher Lab Manager (9602C) - Blum Center for Developing Economies (BLUM)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Fletcher Lab Manager (9602C) - Blum Center for Developing Economies (BLUM)

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Departmental Overview

The Blum Center focuses on real world solutions to combat global poverty. Educates students about international aid and focuses on developing innovative, sustainable projects in specific countries.

This position manages all aspects of the Fletcher Lab and also assists with research. A brief overview of the Fletcher Lab: Despite a vast knowledge of molecules in biology, we know very little about how to build cells. While there is no shortage of schematic diagrams suggesting how molecules in a particular process interact, where they go, and what they do, very few of these cellular processes have actually been built from their molecular parts. Perhaps this is not surprising given that the equipment in molecular biology labs - sonicators, centrifuges, and chromatography columns - is primarily aimed at separating molecules rather than putting them back together. Control of assembly is an engineering problem. The Fletcher Lab uses a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches to understand how biological systems are built, how they break, and what to do to fix them. Through in vitro reconstitution and experiments with live cells, we are linking the behavior of a system with the properties of its molecular parts, discovering general principles that control assembly of biological structures, and identifying strategies for therapeutic intervention. By developing custom experimental methods to control and quantify the assembly of cellular structures and tissues, we are adding what has been lost in the sonicator, centrifuge, and chromatography column - the physical constraints and boundary conditions that shape the structures and dynamics of cells.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 27, 2023 - Open Until Filled


25% Assist in managing and organizing the laboratory space
10% Organize and Support Laboratory equipment
10% Maintain Sample collections and equipment
10% Under general supervision conduct laboratory inventorying and purchasing
5% Generate and prepare reagents necessary for assays
5% Implement technical work designed by the supervisor
5% Follow instructions and safety protocols to ensure regulatory and safety compliance
5% Assist with safety reviews and update documentation
5% Conduct and report on scientific experiments and findings
5% Modify, adapt or improve standard procedures to meet the needs of various project
5% Maintain lab calendar and assign/schedule lab duties
5% Attend lab meetings and events

5% Assist Provide administrative support, assist with grant proposal preparation, research paper preparation, scheduling, filling out standard UC forms (e.g. reimbursement forms, chemical inventories, safety checklists); research and place orders for equipment and supplies; assist with presentation and poster preparations.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Bioengineering or related field
  • Knowledge of microscopy.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced organizational skills to ensure the completion of multiple projects under tight timelines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with lab members as well as collaborating researchers.
  • Strong ability to collaborate with researchers and work efficiently in a diverse group.
  • Strong ability to conduct and report on scientific experiments and findings.
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of specialized laboratory equipment.
  • Knowledge of necessary lab safety procedures and requirements, as well as chemical disposal guidelines.
  • Experience assisting and performing complex lab experiments.
  • Experience processing data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MATLAB, ImageJ, Photoshop, Arduino, Adobe illustrator, Microsoft Office Photolithography, soft lithography, immunofluorescence, tissue culture, PCR, rheology.
  • Experience with and/or ability to learn standard techniques.

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 $23.82 to $28.34 hourly. This is a 100% FTE career position eligible for full benefits.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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