Lab Assistant ( 9603C) 10931

San Francisco
Sep 21, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lab Assistant ( 9603C) 10931 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 1, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Department of Plant & Microbial Biology is committed to the University of California's mission of dedicated research and to providing a superior education in plant biology, microbiology and related life sciences.

We are a premier institution in the world for groundbreaking research and academic excellence in our field, and are strongly committed to developing and maintaining diverse and current programs, facilities and laboratories.

We stay abreast of fast-changing technology and developments, and integrate them into our programs and research. Our support and guidance to students is unparalleled. Our faculty is superb. We are committed to developing partnerships with other scientists and research institutions at UC Berkeley and around the world, collaborating on a wide array of scientific research projects. We share discoveries, provide support and continue our research in the spirit of academic excellence and the mission of advancing knowledge.

This position is to support the newly opened Williams lab in the Department of Plant and Microbial biology. The Williams lab researches plant epigenetics and cell identity. This position will involve assistance with the daily running of the laboratory, plant growth and genetics, and ongoing research projects. The chosen candidate will work directly with Dr. Williams to assist in equipping and establishing operating procedures for the lab.



Lab management responsibilities will include the ordering and receiving of laboratory supplies, autoclaving pipette tips and tubes, making growth media and commonly used reagents, and maintenance of lab equipment. The chosen candidate will also act as the point of contact for matters important to the operation of the lab, such as building management, EHS, purchasing and receiving. Assistance with research projects will include growth and maintenance of plants, making transgenic plants for research projects, and carrying out essential genetics (such as crossing, DNA extraction and PCR) to assist Dr. Williams and other lab members with ongoing projects. This work is essential to the daily operation of the Williams lab.
  • Manage the ordering, receiving, distribution and organization of essential lab supplies. Perform autoclaving/sterilization of lab supplies when needed. Oversee organization and cleanliness within the lab.
  • Assist with ongoing research projects by maintaining and renewing plant stocks, generating transgenic plants and assisting lab members with basic plant genetics(e.g. crossing and PCR genotyping).
  • Serve as laboratory safety officer and point of contact with EHS. Assist with ensuring laboratory-wide training and compliance with safety protocols. Ensure proper waste disposal and safety practices within the lab. Assist with orientation and training of new lab members.
  • Other lab maintenance and management duties as needed.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a biological sciences discipline and/or equivalent years experience/training
  • Undergraduate research experience in a plant biology or molecular biology lab
  • Experience performing molecular biology techniques, such as DNA extraction or PCR
  • Experience working effectively with other scientists and trainees in a team effort
  • Experience organizing a scientific project (e.g. planning experiments, procuring reagents, completing risk assessments)
  • Excellent time-management, communication and organization skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong understanding of genetics.
  • Experience with plant growth and maintenance.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is $19.38 - $22.79/hour

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 full-time, Career position.

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:

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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