Staff Research Associate 1 - Brem Lab (9613C) 14475

San Francisco
Jan 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Staff Research Associate 1 - Brem Lab (9613C) 14475 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 26, 2021

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.

The Rachel Brem lab will need a research associate for a project focused on molecular evolution in microbes. The goal is to investigate the molecular determinants of ancient yeast traits manifesting as divergences between extant species. The day-to-day research work will require transgenesis, genome sequencing, microbial phenotyping, and computational data analysis. The associate will also serve as lab manager and carry out public presentations of research findings.

  • Microbial culture, maintenance, and phenotyping.
  • Microbial transgenesis/strain construction.
  • Preparation of illumina sequencing libraries.
  • Computational analyses.
  • Serve as lab manager.
  • Coordinate purchasing and space needs.
  • Serve as lab safety coordinator.
  • Active participation in lab meetings and journal clubs.
  • Public presentation of research findings.

Required Qualifications
  • The applicant must have experience in microbiology, molecular biology, and computational biology.
  • The applicant must be able to carry out repetitive pipetting as well as carry loads of up to 15 pounds.
  • Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications, tact and political acumen to effectively represent the campus.
  • Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.

  • Experience in genomics, microbiology, natural genetic variation and evolution and computer scripting.

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.

Other Information

This is a full-time career position which 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.

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