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Lab Technician (9613C) - 16472
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 5, 2021
Title Lab Technician (9613C) - 16472
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Lab Technician (9613C) - 16472

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 15, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, was established to integrate neuroscience faculty across the University. The broad goal is to use the power of diverse research approaches to address central questions in neuroscience.

The faculty of the Institute include over 65 researchers with state-of-the-art laboratories from the Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology, Psychology, Physics, and Integrative Biology in the College of Letters and Sciences; the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry in the College of Chemistry, the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management in the College of Natural Resources; the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute; the School of Public Health; Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Bioengineering in the College of Engineering; the School of Optometry's Program in Vision Sciences; and the Haas School of Business.

The Institute also administers the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Students admitted to the program may work with any of the Neuroscience PhD Program Faculty and are fully supported for the duration of their graduate work.

  • Experimental research support: including but not limited to: manufacture (spinning) of tetrodes, assembly of 3D printed drives, loading of tetrodes into drives, cutting and plating of electrodes.
  • Conduct post-experimental research analysis, including but not limited to: cluster-cutting of single unit data, running research analysis software, also data backup maintenance and central archiving of analysis software.
  • General lab duties including but not limited to: maintaining organization of workshop materials (such as for tetrode manufacture), daily monitoring of lab supplies, ordering of new supplies when needed, monitoring of other daily requirements including data backups.
  • Conduct research experimental projects including but not limited to: helping with preparation of surgical tools (e.g. autoclaving), research support with experiments including training animals in behavioral experiments.
  • Maintenance and daily oversight of essential laboratory documentation including but not limited to: lab drug logs, surgery logs, order invoices, laboratory purchasing card payments.

Required Qualifications
  • Coursework in Neurobiology and/or Neurobiology laboratory research experience.
  • Previous work experience in a neurobiology research laboratory preferably including: general lab management duties (e.g. ordering supplies, maintaining protocols), experience with animal behavioral experiments and experience with electrode manufacture for behavioral neurophysiology experiments.
  • Ability to handle fluctuating priorities and deadlines related to research project.
  • Must be organized, responsible, and punctual, with ability to pay close attention to details.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Education/Training: BA or BS preferably in psychology or neuroscience, or related fields and/or equivalent experience/training.

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.

Other Information

This is a full-time, career appointment. The incumbent is expected to work 40 hours per week, and may include at least one weekend shift.

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:

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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