Gnotobiotic Technician (9613C) 11325

San Francisco
Sep 25, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Gnotobiotic Technician (9613C) 11325 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: October 8, 2020

Departmental Overview

Research in the Barton Lab focuses on the immune system. We are interested in interactions between microbes and the host. One area of focus is the mammalian intestine.

This position serves as the technician responsible for the maintenance of a gnotobiotic mouse colony. These animals are maintained in an environment devoid of bacteria. The gnotobiotic technician will be responsible for all aspects of colony management. In addition, the technician will help maintain the conventional mouse colony as well as spend time in the main laboratory, assisting other lab members with experiments.


Maintenance of gnotobiotic mouse colony
  • Assembly of microisolators
  • Preparation and sterilization of supplies (autoclaving)
  • Husbandry (changing cages, weaning, refreshing food/water, health checks)
  • Manage daily facility operations including monitoring supply stocks, ordering replacements, cleaning facility, moving supplies in and out of microisolators
  • Maintaining census
  • Documentation of compliance

General animal husbandry of specific pathogen free mouse colony
  • Husbandry (checking for pups, weaning, ear tagging, euthanization)

Microbiological testing
  • Culturing of fecal material from gnotobiotic animals
  • PCR analyses of fecal material from gnotobiotic animals

Research related to gnotobiotic colony
  • Assist lab members with experiments
  • Prepare written summaries of experiments and results

Participate in weekly lab meetings and other group meetings. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • A willingness to learn new techniques and skills.
  • Exactness and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with aseptic technique
  • Willingness to work with mice, bacterial preparations.
  • Able to work on feet for extended periods of time, up to 6 hours a day.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and Filemaker Pro.
  • Comfortable assembling equipment.
  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience/training, preferably in the biomedical or health science.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience handling mice.
  • Experience with bacterial culture techniques.
  • Experience working with gnotobiotic microisolators.

Salary & Benefits

This is an hourly paid position. Rate will be commensurate with experience within the range of $23.34 (Step 1.0) - $27.85 (Step 9.0).

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 position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) 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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

To apply, visit

Copyright ©2017 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency


Similar jobs

Similar jobs