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Laboratory Assistant 3, Shapira Lab (9602C) - 27298
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 19, 2019
Title Laboratory Assistant 3, Shapira Lab (9602C) - 27298
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Laboratory Assistant 3, Shapira Lab (9602C) - 27298

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: July 31, 2019

Departmental Overview
The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) offers Undergraduate and Graduate academic programs as well as Faculty Research that focuses on the integration of structure and function that influences the biology, ecology, and evolution of organisms. It investigates integration at all levels of organization from molecules to the biosphere, and in all branches of the tree of life: plants, animals, fungi, and microbes.

Research in Michael Shapira's Lab seeks to understand the fundamentals of host-microbe interactions in the context of the whole organism, using the powerful genetic model Caenorhabditis elegans as a model host. We focus on the role of host genetic factors in shaping gut microbiome structure and function, how gut commensals affect host immunity and host-pathogen interactions, and how aging changes all that (with special interest in the role of antagonistic pletriopy in aging). Our level of investigation spans the range between molecular mechanisms, ecological constraints and impact on evolution.

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  • Maintain strain collections and databases, involving growing and maintaining bacterial and C. elegans cultures; generate new strains using standard C. elegans protocols and PCR screening.
  • Maintain and help running experiments on the Illumina MiniSeq Instrument.
  • Initiate mentoring of newcomers to the lab. Introduce them to basic protocols, available resources, and lab etiquette.
  • Serve as lab representative responsible for all safety matters (chemical, biological, etc).
  • Will also be in charge of maintenance of instruments (mainly microscopes and an Illumina MiniSeq).
  • Take inventory of, and order supplies through approved vendors in the BearBuy system
  • Manage and distribute routine lab chores (medium and plate preparation, etc.) between lab members.
  • Document and update common lab protocols.

Required Qualifications
  • Technical assignments at this level typically require scientific knowledge and skills which might be expected from incumbents at the college "upper division" level or from incumbents who have acquired equivalent knowledge and skills through experience.
  • Basic microbiology techniques and aseptic practices
  • Experience with biochemical and molecular biology techniques,
  • Familiarity with basic computer software (knowledge of working with Excel/word/PowerPoint, etc).

  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and three years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and two years of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in C. elegans research (strain maintenance, mating)
  • Advanced biochemical skills: Western blots, kinase assays, co-immunoprecipitation.
  • Experience in C. elegans specific protocols - genetic screens, SNP mapping, microinjecting to worms to create transgenic strains, constructing injectable DNA constructs (by PCR, ligations, cell transformation, plasmid extraction, etc.)

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 $20.46 - $22.22, Steps 1.0 - 3.0.

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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 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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