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Staff Research Associate (9613C), OPT Research Support - 68831

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

Staff Research Associate (9613C), OPT Research Support - 68831 About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

At the Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science, as part of a world-renowned university that embraces excellence and access, we foster an environment of trust and mutual respect, free expression and inquiry, and personal resilience and achievement. We demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. These principles serve us daily in our reasoning and actions and aid us in our decision making.

We educate an estimated 320 students annually. Our O.D. program is a 4 year program with clinical training provided at 2 campus clinics, numerous satellite clinics (community care), VA clinics, and external clinics across the country. Our one-year post-graduate residency programs provide advanced clinical education in specialty areas of optometry with placement on and off campus and our Vision Science program averages 40 PhD students.

The Optometry Clinic provides comprehensive optical care services to the entire Campus population and the general Bay Area community, with approximately 80,000 annual visits to Optometry Clinics at Minor Hall and the Tang Center. The Optometry Clinic is open 7 days per week.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: Thursday, May 23, 2024


Histological Sectioning, Staining, and Microscopy and Image Analysis:
  • Embedding and sectioning of retinal tissues using a cryostat.
  • Perform fluorescence immunohistochemistry for localization of different proteins in retinal sections under supervision.
  • Use biological microscopes (epifluorescence and confocal) to image immunohistochemistry experiments after receiving appropriate training.
  • Use of Image J software to quantify fluorescent signals in immunostained retinas.

Animal Care:
  • Day-to-day management of lab mouse colony including: setting up breeding pairs, checking pregnancies, weaning, general health checks, animal database management and collection of samples for genotyping, logging key husbandry events on lab calendar. Animal care is provided under the guidance and advisement of OLAC to ensure compliance with proper policies and procedures.
  • General lab maintenance and organization.
  • Lab inventory management using Quartzy.
  • Lab book record scanning.
  • Database updates for histological tissues, antibodies, etc.
  • Shipping of research samples.

Procurement of Lab Supplies Using Campus Systems:
  • Submission of lab orders using Bear BuyLab Purchasing.
  • Ensuring adequate supplies of lab consumables.
  • Purchasing and retrieval of items from campus research stores.

Required Qualifications
  • Use of cryotome equipment.
  • Knowledge and desire to work with rodents and keep colony records.
  • Histology or pathology lab skills.
  • Strong written and oral skills.
  • Organization and teamwork skills.

  • BS in Biology, Biochemistry or Bioengineering and/or equivalent experience/training. In absence of a BS in a Biological Science, certificates of biological related disciplines and/or previous biological laboratory experience can substitute.
  • 3+ years of laboratory training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in microscopy and mouse handling.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $25.75 (step 1.0) - $30.72 (step 9.0).
  • This is a 50%, part-time (20 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

This position 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:

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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