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Staff Research Associate (9612C) 14488
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 15, 2021
Title Staff Research Associate (9612C) 14488
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Staff Research Associate (9612C) 14488

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: January 28, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as Faculty Research performed by faculty organized in five divisions:
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Genetics, Genomics and Development
  • Immunology and Pathogenesis
  • Neurobiology

The Collins Lab is seeking a Research Associate to support research about eukaryotic retroelement biology and technology development for targeted gene insertion to the human genome. For details, visit the Collins Lab website.


Cell Culture:
  • Set up plates, dishes or flasks of cells and perform cell culture experiments.
  • Using sterile technique in a vertical laminar flow hood, change medium and split cell cultures (up to 100 different lines per week), both as maintenance and as needed for experiments by researchers.
  • Assess the health of cultures visually.
  • Remove samples sterilely and count viable cells using a hemacytometer or automated cell counter.
  • Freeze and thaw cultures.
  • Harvest cells according to downstream workflows.
  • Maintain records of all work.
  • Create and maintain databases using FileMaker Pro.
  • Adapt and/or modify procedures for use in the lab.
  • Research characteristics and special growth requirements of new additions to the cell bank.

Cell Transfection:
  • Methods including lipids, electroporation, and nucleofection.
  • Plasmid and genomic DNA purification, RNA expression and purification.
  • Under supervision, learn and perform basic molecular biology protocols for cloning and assays for protein and RNA expression including immunoblots and RT-PCR.
  • Inventory, order and stock supplies.

Required Qualifications
  • Cell culture, cell stock storage, cell counting, cell harvesting.
  • Laboratory note keeping and reagent ordering.
  • College-level education in biology or biotechnology or chemistry and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bacterial cell growth and plasmid purification.
  • Gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting, PCR.
  • Cell transfection of DNA plasmids and RNA.
  • Molecular cloning.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $53,011.46 - $85,277.55 (stepped rates).

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 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

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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