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Laboratory Assistant III (9602C), School of Public Health - 33773
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 20, 2022
Title Laboratory Assistant III (9602C), School of Public Health - 33773
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Laboratory Assistant III (9602C), School of Public Health - 33773

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 School of Public Health (SPH) is a large and complex professional school at UC Berkeley, with a mission to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable, through interdisciplinary collaborations, preeminent education, and transformational research. The School is comprised of six academic divisions and 30 research centers and programs, with over 200 faculty, 120 academic/research staff, 155 management/professional/ administrative staff, and 285 student researchers/instructors/workers. The School offers a core MPH degree with nine areas of study, along with five MA and MS degree programs, a DrPH and five PhD degree programs, and five concurrent programs with other UC Berkeley schools and colleges; in addition, the School offers a joint degree with UC San Francisco. The School launched UC Berkeley's first on-line degree program in 2012 and is rapidly expanding the program to reach a wide range of domestic and international audiences through online degrees, certificate programs, and executive education. The School enrolls approximately 825 graduate students per year, as well as educating roughly 440 undergraduate students through an upper-division public health major. The School's more than 13,000 graduates can be found working throughout the world, in both the public and private sectors.

A laboratory assistant position is available in the Harris laboratory, which works on the virology, immunology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology of dengue and Zika. Dengue virus is a major public health problem worldwide caused by a mosquito-borne RNA flavivirus. Zika is an emerging virus in the Americas with severe neurological sequelae in newborns. Clinical and epidemiological studies are conducted in collaboration with scientists in Nicaragua as long-term partners in a region endemic for Arbovirus. The main purpose of the position is to assist in scientific projects at various levels and perform experiments with mice under close supervision of the laboratory project manager and a postdoctoral fellow, respectively, and perform management, organizational and operational duties in support of general laboratory functioning such as procurement, inventories, compliance. The position also includes management of procurement and logistics of supplies for field studies internationally.

The position has a range of technical functions that requires working in coordination with other laboratory members and has impact in the scientific progress of funded studies. This position includes high quality reagent preparation and involves working with dengue and Zika virus in cell culture and molecular virology as well as in animal models.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 21, 2022.


  • Laboratory management and international programs support, including ordering and shipment of supplies.
  • Management and maintenance of mice colonies.
  • Supporting other lab members with experiments, under supervision.
  • Biorepository management and maintenance including shipment of samples to/and from collaborators globally.

Required Qualifications

  • 1 or more years of research experience.
  • 1 or more years of experience laboratory techniques, such as sterile techniques, tissue culture, ELISAs, BSL2 Laboratory Environment.
  • Willing to work with mice (animal models).
  • Computer and database management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Interest in working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Requires scientific knowledge and skills which might be expected at the college "upper division" level or equivalent knowledge and/or equivalent skills through experience.


  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences and/or equivalent training or experience.

Licenses or certifications

  • Will require training through EH&S for BSL2 work and in shipping of dry ice and biological materials (training provided).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Self-motivated, energetic and able to work in a diverse team environment.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn Biosafety regulations.
  • Experience working with minimum BSL2.
  • Experience working within mice, particularly including breeding colonies and in vivo experiments.
  • Experience handling valuable patient serum samples.
  • Experience working with Latin America and high-level proficiency in written and spoken Spanish.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $23.13 - $25.69 (Step 1.0 - 3.5). 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 is a hybrid position, with 10% remote work eligibility.
  • This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) 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

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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