Laboratory Research Assistant (9612C), Plant & Microbial Biology - 60990
University of California, Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 4759024
Laboratory Research Assistant (9612C), Plant & Microbial Biology - 60990
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 16, 2023
The Seed Lab in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley investigates the interactions between phages and Vibrio cholerae. A key goal of our research is to uncover mechanisms underpinning the coevolutionary dynamics of phages and V. cholerae in the context of cholera infection.
We are currently seeking a Staff Research Associate to carry out isolation and sequencing of phages and V. cholerae. This work involves screening samples by PCR and extracting DNA for next-generation sequencing, as well as performing phenotypic assays to assess phage infectivity. The individual will also use molecular genetics to engineer phages and V. cholerae mutants. The individual will help with lab organization, including maintenance of laboratory consumable and reagent inventories and ordering. The individual will assist with other support duties relating to lab management and operations as required. The individual will maintain well-organized, accurate documentation of experimental results. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, excited by the science, and passionate about the lab's mission.
Independent research responsibilities: Isolate and purify phages and Vibrio cholerae, Isolate genomic DNA from phages and Vibrio cholerae for whole genome sequencing.
Perform PCR to screen for phages and Vibrio cholerae.
Maintain a well-organized collection of phages and Vibrio cholerae from samples, including electronic records.
Perform phenotypic assays to evaluate phage infectivity and susceptibility of V. cholerae to phage infection.
Construct bacterial and phage mutants.
Maintenance of laboratory consumable and reagent inventories.
Ordering for the lab operations.
Participate in lab meetings to keep abreast of current research projects and support needs.
Present summary of findings verbally at lab meetings and in written format if findings are gauged to be appropriate for publication.
Research experience in microbiology or molecular biology and a strong understanding of the underlying scientific principles.
Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
Ability to maintain an organized record of experiments.
Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
BA/BS in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, equivalent years research, and/or equivalent experience/training.
Prior research experience in bacterial genetics.
Proficiency in data management.
Salary & 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 starting salary for this position is Step $58,490.82 (step 1.0) annually. The full salary range for this position is Step 1 $58,490.82 annually - Step 25 $94,091.99 Annually.
This is a 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
This position is exempt and paid monthly.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
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