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CTG Lab Manager and Functional Genomics Lab Manager (6247U) 23056
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 27, 2021
Title CTG Lab Manager and Functional Genomics Lab Manager (6247U) 23056
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

CTG Lab Manager and Functional Genomics Lab Manager (6247U) 23056

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 mission of the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is to use the entire scope of existing and newly emerging CRISPR technologies to improve public health. An area of key focus is the use of CRISPR as both a discovery engine for novel ways to prevent severe diseases and treat them. To this end, the IGI has made a programmatic commitment to enable the vertically integrated in-house capability for CRISPR-driven target discovery and target engagement at the Center for Translational Genomics (CTG) and the CRISPR Discovery Center.

To lead the Research and Development (R&D) effort, the IGI is seeking two highly accomplished, motivated individuals one to lead genome engineering at the CTG, the other to lead the CRISPR Discovery Center to direct both intramural growth of the relevant capabilities and engage with leaders in translational biomedicine at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to drive forward highly impactful projects that directly address the IGI mission.

While the Director role is highly collaborative by nature, the two Directors will oversee the distinct activities of their own Center. Applicants shall specify the Center they are interested in directing within their application materials.

The Centers at the IGI take on a novel hybrid model where the IGI Directors lead vertically integrated collaborations and independent research to both identify novel genomic targets and, where appropriate, transition them to a platform-scale process to bring them to clinical trials.

The Directors will work with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders at various professional levels. This role requires strong leadership skills, the ability to advise senior management and researchers, and the ability to perform consistently in a fast-paced and immensely innovative environment.

The LRS Director role is highly collaborative by nature. The Director will interface with IGI academic and executive directorship throughout the current approximately 3-year projects. They will also work closely with the IGI Building Manager to ensure timely capability growth, and with collaborating researchers to help design, develop, and execute major, multi-disciplinary research projects. The Director will also oversee the activities of their Center, including the recruitment and supervision of their laboratory support staff.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 9/10/2021.

Position will remain posted until filled.

  • Consults with academic supervisors and professional researchers on the nature and objectives of the research project design goals. Performs state-of-the-art, complex research projects, and experimental design in collaboration with academic supervisors and collaborating researchers. Contributes significant original and innovative ideas of major methodological significance to the development of research experiments. Supervises the development and execution of major, multi-disciplinary research projects, and experiment design with associated researchers in the CTG and the CRISPR Discovery Center. Accomplishes these responsibilities through collaboration with Academic Supervisors/Researchers and via supervising, performance management, and full oversight of staff in their specified Center within the CTG.
  • Plans, develops, and directs the activities of lab staff directly reporting to them. Advises and assists lab staff on the more difficult or challenging areas of research and experimental design. Performs staff management activities to include recruitment (writing job descriptions, interviewing and making final selection of Lab staff), completing and maintaining performance evaluations, scheduling work hours and assignments/workload, approving timecards, and handling disciplinary/performance issues.
  • Oversees laboratory inventory planning and purchasing. Ensures that specimen collections and equipment are maintained properly. Ensures regulatory and safety compliance; provides for staff training in equipment use and safety protocols.
  • Assists IGI Directorship, especially Academic, Financial, and Executive Leadership, with budgetary forecasting and planning, operational policy, and procedure development and changes. Maintains a budget for their Lab and Staff. Budget responsibilities include allocation for resources and supplies as well as monitoring Staff and Benefits costs to not exceed the provided budget or to deal with overspending promptly.
  • Sets up and manages the laboratory facility space in the IGI Building with the assistance of the IGI Building Manager.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced and highly specific knowledge and expertise in CRISPR-based tools for fine-resolution mapping of biological circuits in human cells as it relates to biomedical applications.
  • Advanced knowledge of a wide variety of specialized laboratory equipment.
  • Advanced leadership skills associated with planning work assignments, establishing priorities, scheduling instructional space, and ensuring the completion of multiple projects under tight timelines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with IGI directorship and staff, as well as collaborating researchers.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to effectively supervise staff.
  • Strong ability to design, conduct, and report on scientific experiments and findings.
  • Advanced knowledge of necessary lab safety procedures and requirements, as well as chemical disposal guidelines.
  • Strong ownership and ability to influence and advise collaborating researchers in designing and planning experiments.
  • Robust working knowledge of imaging and cell analytic techniques routinely used for functional genomics applications.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of the full complement of analytical tools (nucleic acid and protein-directed) required to perform functional genomics studies.
  • Practical working knowledge of diverse genome/epigenome editing platforms.
  • Experience with functional genomics screening on the CRISPR-Cas platform.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience/training

Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong familiarity with laboratory automation.
  • Advanced degree in biology or chemistry
  • Ph.D. in biology or chemistry

Salary & Benefits

Salary 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
  • 100% FTE (full-time)
  • Contract appointment ending May 2024

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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