Lab Assistant 3 (9602C) 18079

San Francisco
May 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lab Assistant 3 (9602C) 18079 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 15, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Martik lab is seeking a Lab Assistant 3 to supervise the preparation of and ordering of general lab supplies and reagents and to perform a variety of molecular, regenerative, and developmental biology techniques. Our laboratory studies the development of the neural crest in a variety of vertebrate research organisms including zebrafish and sea lamprey. We apply gene regulatory network approaches to understanding the differentiation of the neural crest into distinct derivatives and seek to understand how these gene networks evolve throughout vertebrate evolution, how they are reused in the adult to control tissue regeneration, and how they go awry to give rise to birth defects or pediatric cancers.

  • Supervise the ordering and maintenance of equipment. Order supplies and reagents as well as ensure low inventory is replaced in a timely manner.
  • Supervise work study students and provide instructions for the organization and preparation of lab solutions.
  • Organize lab stocks, reagents, making general solutions. Responsible for ensuring backup stocks are replaced and solutions are prepared when inventory is running low.
  • Perform genotyping of zebrafish lines and maintenance of breeding stocks. Perform routine genotyping by fin clipping adult animals and completing downstream molecular biology analyses for assessing genotypes. Ensure lines are propagated every year.
  • Perform routine laboratory research protocols unsupervised including: molecular cloning, confocal microscopy, microinjection, adult tissue surgeries, developmental biology techniques such as immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. Document all experimental results and maintain accurate, careful lab notes. Analyze data and report results to the PI.

Required Qualifications
  • Background or coursework in developmental and molecular biology
  • Once trained, employee must be able to work independently and unsupervised to perform required tasks
  • Demonstrates reliability and accountability
  • Can follow direction, pay attention to detail, and keep careful, accurate records
  • Strong planning and organization skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and three years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and two years of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with working with and handling aquatic animals (or willingness to learn)
  • Experience with confocal microscopy

Salary & Benefits

This an hourly paid (non-exempt) position. Rate will be commensurate with experience (stepped rates).

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 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.

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