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Lab Assistant (9603C) - 59664
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 26, 2023
Title Lab Assistant (9603C) - 59664
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Lab Assistant (9603C) - 59664

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.

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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.

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Departmental Overview

The Department of Integrative Biology offers a program of instruction 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.

The department draws from many traditional and emerging fields and levels of biological organization in forging new research directions and answering traditional questions in new ways. The faculty has special strengths in the disciplines of functional morphology, organismal physiology, animal behavior, biomechanics, ecology, systematic biology, paleobiology, population genetics, and evolution.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 10/09/2023


  • Assistance with ordering of lab reagents and equipment, assist with maintenance of laboratory equipment, Update general lab recipes and lab protocols.
  • Routine DNA and RNA Manipulations (Large and small DNA/RNA preparations, assist with cloning (restriction digests and ligations), assist with DNA sequencing, assist with PCR and gene expression assays, next generation DNA and RNA library preps).
  • Chromatin immuno-precipitation assays.
  • Growth & Maintenance of lab Drosophila stocks, order and pick up needed fly food, make fly food, transfer flies to fresh vials, monitor health of cultures, routine fly work (sort flies, collect virgins, set up crosses, transfer stocks).
  • General upkeep of common areas, preparation of buffers, media and general solutions, wash and autoclave dishes.
  • Assist with chromosome in situ hybridization.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to keep accurate records.
  • Familiarity with basic microbiological and sterile techniques.
  • Skill to follow multi-step assays and procedures.
  • Skill to culture and handle Drosophila.
  • Skill to use standard lab equipment such as ultracentrifuge, microscope, etc.
  • Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and the hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items such as gloves and goggles.
  • Demonstrated superior oral and written communication.
  • Skills to communicate research endeavors, to follow written and oral instructions and to collaborate on various projects.
  • Skill to prepare and maintain various laboratory records and notebooks.
  • Familiarity with standard molecular biology techniques.
  • Familiarity with computers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision and to work closely with others.
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics software for sequence manipulation and analysis.
  • Familiarity with sequence databases, including BLAST tools.
  • Background handling Drosophila and cell cultures.
  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors in related field.
  • 1-2 years lab experience in related field.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) non-exempt career position, which is paid hourly and eligible for full UC 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 $21.38 (Step 1) - $24.06 (Step 4).

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 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:

  • This is not a visa opportunity.
  • This recruitment has 2 openings.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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