Assistant Project Scientist - Keasling Lab - QB3

San Francisco
Mar 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Project Scientist - Keasling Lab - QB3

Assistant Project Scientist - QB3


The Keasling laboratory in the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a highly motivated individuals to participate in research area focused on four different areas, that being, synthetic biology, synthetic engineering, biochemistry and microbiology. The Assistant Project Scientist will need to make significant and creative contributions to a research in the area of bio-chemical engineering. Specifically, engineer polyketide synthases to produce commodity chemicals and drug molecules in streptomyces. The Assistant Project Scientist is expected to focus on host engineering and synthetic biology tools development. In addition to revealing the mechanism of novel reactions on assembly line enzymes (PKS, NRPSs).


This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of the production of FKBP ligands using their native producers and heterologous hosts. Focusing on engineering the FKBP ligands' biosynthetic gene clusters to produce FKBP ligands' derivatives.
The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases, the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications required at the time of application:
  • PhD or equivalent International Degree.

Additional Qualifications must be met by the start of the job:
  • At least 2 years of research experience in research laboratory.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least 2 years of working in production of FKBP ligands.
  • At least 2 years of working in a synthetic biology lab.

Salary: This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:
To apply, please go to the following link:

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

This position will be open until filled. The anticipated start date is April 2021. The appointment is for a duration of one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Please address inquiries to Jay Keasling, [email protected].

This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers. The current contract can be found here: Additional information can be found on the website:

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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