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Fish Lab Technician (9602C) - 27206 - 1292
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Fish Lab Technician (9602C) - 27206 - 1292
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care

Fish Lab Technician (9602C) - 27206 - 1292

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 16, 2019

Departmental Overview

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 Isacoff Lab's research is focused in four intersecting and complementary areas: mechanisms of ion channel function, synapse development and plasticity, neural circuit function, and the design of novel probes for the optical detection of neuronal signaling.


  • Prepare fish food and feed fish The facility holds up to 1240 3-liter tanks.
  • Each tank contains a variable number of fish (between 1-75) and the amount of food fed to each tank is deduced by the employee based upon the tank occupancy.
  • The current facility has the capacity to hold almost 34,000 fish in tanks of 2 sizes (3-liter and 10-liter).
  • Wash tanks; sterilize net and glassware-5 percent of the day.
  • Routine maintenance of aquaria and re-circulating water system.
  • Manual record keeping (paper).
  • The daily SOP checklist must be filled out and data, as well as any anomalies, recorded.
  • Conductivity and pH values, feeding times, etc. are recorded on paper.
  • Additionally, the employee must calculate daily the amount of salts and bicarbonate to add to the water to achieve the appropriate conductivity, hardness/alkalinity, and pH and these values are recorded.
  • Miscellaneous husbandry or record keeping tasks as assigned by senior staff.
  • Analyze fish growth, assess when stocks can be moved from nursery to main facility, and responsibility for moving stocks as appropriate.
  • Perform specialized system maintenance (Clean and calibrate conductivity and pH probes; disassemble UV sterilization system and perform repairs and/or replace UV bulbs; undertake major system repairs (e.g. pump replacement, leak repair).
  • Train and supervise work study students during their shifts and train and/or assist

lab members on fish facility tasks as requested.

Required Qualifications

  • Must have sufficient education or experience to be trained in the duties of the position.
  • Must be extremely reliable and responsible.
  • Ability to follow directions, pay attention to detail, and keep careful records.
  • Once trained, must be able to work independently to perform required tasks and to recognize and report operational problems, and often undertake required repairs.
  • Ability to handle the physical requirements of the job.
  • Enjoy working with animals.
  • Must be able to work three or four days per week, including at least one weekend day.
  • Must be able to work occasional holidays

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work experience with animals or in an aquatic animal facility is preferred.
  • Ability to work frequent holidays or to cover for others on vacation is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with Aquatic Ecosystems equipment is preferred.

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 part-time, variable, career appointment eligible for full UC Benefits.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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