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Research Laboratory Supervisor / Program Coordinator (6246U) 15172
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 5, 2021
Title Research Laboratory Supervisor / Program Coordinator (6246U) 15172
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Research Laboratory Supervisor / Program Coordinator (6246U) 15172

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: February 18, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Brenner research group is an interdisciplinary research group, at the University of California, Berkeley. Our research has implications for diseases from cancer to Crohn's Disease, and the future of personalized medicine for all people. We have a dozen members ranging from undergraduates to senior researchers and the research group provides a dynamic, occasionally demanding, flexible, and supportive work environment. We are associated with the Department of Plant and Microbial
Biology, the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Department of Bioengineering, the Center for Computational Biology, and the Institute for Quantitative Bioscience at the University of California Berkeley. We are also affiliated with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the University of California, San Francisco. We have collaborations with researchers worldwide.


The Research / Laboratory Supervisor has a leading role in facilitating effective laboratory operations and research efforts for a cutting-edge genomics and computational biology research group, and facilitating its campus, national, and international collaborations and interactions. Involves supervising and coaching other research group staff. Involves supporting laboratory research, which includes routine and nonroutine operations, data/information management and interpretation, development and performance of laboratory management procedures, leading engagement of organizational structures for over a dozen units at multiple institutions, literature management, and preparation of reports and support of scientific papers and proposals.

  • Supervises and schedules the activities of laboratory including support staff and researchers; may plan and direct work of entry to intermediate level research associates.
  • Prioritizes laboratory obligations and delegates appropriately. Sophisticated information management of laboratory management data and reporting, including weekly summary reports and periodic reports to institutional units and funders
  • Supervises staff and trainee management activities including recruitment, personnel appointments, performance evaluations and handling disciplinary issues.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance relative to safety and security in research programs; develops and provides for staff training in equipment use and safety protocols and secure and sensitive data management.
  • Oversees or performs laboratory research and project inventory planning and purchasing,and reimbursement. Management and requisition of laboratory and project materials and supplies, organization and maintenance of chemical and lab supplies and equipment inventories. Employ routine and non-routine laboratory management and budget planning and accounting oversight and grant management and reporting.
  • Ensures that data collections and equipment are maintained properly. Upkeep of the laboratory
  • Consults and coordinates with academic supervisors, professional researchers, trainees, and staff (both in host laboratory and in collaborative groups, on campus, at other institutions, and internationally) on the nature and objectives of the research project and grant and collaboration goals, including coordinating meetings, symposia, and retreats.
  • Interfaces with department, program, and service structures. Facilitates research collaborations within campus and with other institutions.
  • Performs state-of-the-art, complex research projects proposal design and logistics supervision in collaboration with academic supervisors. Identifies funding opportunities, and pursues. Depending upon skills, prepare laboratory materials. Supervise and coordinate vetting of project proposals.
  • Coaches and mentors laboratory support staff and entry to intermediate associates.
  • Contribute towards providing editorial support, graphic design, and administrative management and content for articles for publication in scientific journals, for poster and

oral presentations at conferences or symposiums, grant proposals, and reports.
  • Depending on skills, engage in scientific software development and visualization.
  • Oversee outreach and website production, calendar maintenance, travel coordination,

management of correspondence, and meeting schedules within group, campus, and with
other institutions

Required Qualifications

  • Solid leadership skills associated with planning work assignments, establishing priorities and scheduling space.
  • Solid interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, trainees faculty and staff.
  • Knowledge of data/knowledge/information acquisition, management, and analysis techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge research management to collaborate effectively with faculty and function as a resource to research associates.
  • Solid interpersonal communication skills to effectively supervise staff.
  • Knowledge of necessary lab, and data safety and security procedures and requirements
  • Excellent facility with all components of the Microsoft Office family and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Able to work effectively with and respond to other lab members and meet their needs
  • Able to provide surge effort/hours as needed for projects with deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work with quantitative information, including complex budget development and deployment and accounting oversight.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently
  • Demonstrated fluent and facile command of written and spoken English

  • Bachelor's degree in preferably in a biological science, computer science, mathematics or equivalent work experience (such as leading laboratory operations). Advanced degree or comparable training preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with scientific data analysis and/or visualization, software development, script writing and

web site development
  • Previous experience using and maintaining standard molecular biology equipment such as PCR machines,

microplate readers, and chemical inventories
  • Authorship of published scientific papers, and scientific poster presentation experience

Salary & Benefits

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.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which these values can thrive.

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 see:
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