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Staff Research Associate 2 (9617C) - 15991
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 26, 2021
Title Staff Research Associate 2 (9617C) - 15991
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Staff Research Associate 2 (9617C) - 15991

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: March 26, 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 teaching and research activities of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) concern the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms. This agenda covers a broad range of specialized disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, structural biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, tumor biology, microbiology, immunology, pathogenesis and neurobiology. The types of living organisms from which the departmental faculty draws its working materials are as diverse as its disciplinary specializations, ranging from viruses and microbes through plants, roundworms, annelids, arthropods, and mollusks to fish, amphibia, and mammals. The faculty of the department is organized into five divisions: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Neurobiology; and Immunology and Pathogenesis.

Now's your chance to join our team developing cutting edge optogenetic treatments and cures for vision loss and blindness. We have restored vision to genetically blind mice! By expressing light sensitive proteins, called opsins, in their eyes, these mice can now discriminate objects and move about a room.. While the first of these systems is moving into clinical trials, we continue to develop new tools aimed at increasing light sensitivity and acuity. If you have experience with mouse behavior and learning models, we need your help in testing vision restoration.


Learning and Behavior Tasks:
  • Plan and setup experiments in collaboration with senior team members.
  • Modify tasks and develop new paradigms as required with input from PI and senior team members.
  • May require purchase, assembly and/or testing of equipment as well as learning of equipment specific software packages.

Data Collection and Analysis:
  • Collect and record data in notebook and transfer to spreadsheet such as Excel.
  • Statistical analysis using standard tests such as student's ttest.
  • Assist in preparation of data for figures using Adobe Illustrator.

Animal surgery:
  • Conduct intravitreal and subretinal injections, monitor animal recovery and health.
  • May be required to monitor expression via RetCam.
  • Requires controlled substances certification and work with multiple viral models.
  • Isolate, dissect, and section tissue, analyze expression via microscopy or prepare for Multi Electrode Array (MEA) study.

Animal Husbandry and Colony Management:
  • Perform breeding, weaning, health monitoring, and record keeping, producing required number of animals for each experiment.
  • Develop and maintain required animal use databases.

Required Qualifications
  • Comfort or experience handling mice and rats.
  • Ability to maintain clean, well-organized workspace and detailed lab notebook.
  • Good interpersonal skills essential.
  • Ability to pass background check for use of controlled substances.
  • Ability to perform subretinal and intravitreal injections.
  • Experience in animal behavioral testing and ability to develop, troubleshoot, and perform behavioral testing and independently assess vision restoration in test rodents.
  • Microscopy skills.
  • May require weekend hours and/or afternoon shifts
  • BS in Biology and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Basic neurobiology knowledge.
  • Experience in basic animal physiology.
  • Working knowledge of retina and visual system.
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and data analysis and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to learn, trouble shoot, and modify multiple behavior based software packages.
  • Ability to assemble complex behavior apparatus, include software trouble shooting and basic electronics assembly.
  • Familiarity with Retcam, Mult-electrode Array (MEA), and vibratome.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is 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

This is a variable (between 20-40 hours per week), Career position.

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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