Laboratory Research Assistant (9612C) 17724

San Francisco
Apr 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Laboratory Research Assistant (9612C) 17724 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 7, 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 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 a 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
  • Lab responsibilities
    • Maintenance of laboratory consumable and reagent inventories
    • Ordering
    • 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

Required Qualifications
  • 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
  • Bachelor's degree in the life sciences or related discipline (or equivalent education and experience)

Preferred Qualifications
  • BA/BS in Microbiology, Molecular Biology and/or equivalent years research experience/training.
  • Prior research experience in bacterial genetics
  • Proficiency in data management

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hourly range is $25.39 (Step 1) - $27.50 (Step 5). 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.

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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