Staff Research Associate 2 (9617C) 19368

San Francisco
Jun 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Staff Research Associate 2 (9617C) 19368 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 6/18/2021

Departmental Overview

This SRA II will work with the IGI Clinical Testing Lab staff to acquire positive COVID samples and then use basic molecular biology techniques to prepare them for sequencing while the pandemic is ongoing. They will work in the IGI's Clinical Testing Lab, but will perform sequencing tasks with the positive samples the IGI Clinical Testing Lab staff. After consolidating leftover RNA from positive COVID samples, they will record and extract metadata from the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for these samples and prepare them for sequencing.


This position will also oversee ordering supplies to ensuring the workflow of sequencing runs smoothly. The SRA II hired for this role will have the general job duties of any SRA II in the biological sciences on campus performing common practice molecular biology bench work and working under the supervision of a shift lead when hired and/or their direct supervisor, Stacia Wyman. This position will also involve assisting in the Center for Translational Genomics (CTG) including preparing libraries for sequencing.


Prepare samples for sequencing
  • Reverse transcription and PCR
  • LIMS interactions and proper handling of Protected Health Information
  • Adherence to rigid rejection criteria and safety guidelines

  • Process accepted specimens that have tested positive to new plates to be sequenced

Documentation & General
  • Make records of any deviation to written processes in the LIMS
  • Assist with proficiency testing and safety inspections
  • Maintenance of laboratory inventory
  • Keep track of inventory for supplies needed and work with colleagues to order supplies in advanced of weekly protocol
  • Record sample metadata in Google Doc

Required Qualifications
  • Experience with general laboratory techniques
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques: DNA/RNA extraction, PCR and qPCR and NGS library preparation
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a technical team
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet daily deadlines in a fast-paced facility setting.

Preferred Qualifications
  • CLS license preferred for all staff working in a clinical laboratory setting.
  • Experience working BSL2 facility
  • Experience with basic molecular and cellular biology techniques
  • Experience working in a core or resource facility setting

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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