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Research Technician (9613C), Innovative Genomics Institute - 67554
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 15, 2024
Title Research Technician (9613C), Innovative Genomics Institute - 67554
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Innovative Genomics Institute
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Research Technician (9613C), Innovative Genomics Institute - 67554

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Departmental Overview

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco. The IGI envisions a world in which genome-engineering innovations benefit humanity and are accessible to all. The Institute's mission is to accelerate genome discovery and translation of resulting technologies in order to ethically and equitably improve human health and sustainable agriculture. Combining the fundamental research expertise and the biomedical talent, the IGI focuses on unraveling the mechanisms underlying CRISPR-based genome editing and applying this technology to cure disease, combat climate change, ensure food sustainability, and provide additional benefits for current and future generations. The IGI consists of four central programs: Human Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Advancing Genome Engineering, and Public Impact. Unlike the first three, the Public Impact program does not involve laboratory research but instead focuses on accomplishing the goal of IGI founder, Jennifer Doudna, to ensure that genome engineering makes the world a better place. To complement the laboratory work, the Public Impact Program places special emphasis on connecting the science of genome engineering to the world. The role of the Public Impact program is to engage in societal research, public and stakeholder engagement, outreach, and policy to align genome editing applications with societal needs and values, ensuring that benefits are ethical, accessible, and desirable.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: Friday, April 26, 2024


  • Assists with lab experiments designed by supervisor, including performing phage and microbial genetic screens under supervision.
  • Assists in isolating, propagating, and editing bacteriophages, as well as culturing of microbial communities, microbiome editing, cloning, and DNA library preparation.
  • As needed, diagnoses and resolves strategic problems in experiments or samples.
  • Generates reagents for phage editing microbiome engineering as designed by supervisor
  • Trains undergraduates and junior laboratory assistants
  • Processes data including calculating transformation and targeted DNA editing efficiencies
  • Organizes and stores laboratory equipment and chemicals, including general chemicals and custom molecular and microbiology reagents.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience working with bacteriophages.
  • Molecular biology experience.
  • Experience with handling nucleic acids is desirable.
  • Cloning experience.
  • Microbial cultivation experience.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and /or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to keep a detailed record of experimental and results.

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 $25.75 (step 1.0)- $26.35 (step 2.0).

  • This is a 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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:

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