Job ID: 153053

Staff Research Associate (9613C) 14637

University of California, Berkeley

  • Jan. 21, 2021
  • Staff Research Associate (9613C) 14637
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - General
    Biology - Genetics
    Biology - Molecular

Staff Research Associate (9613C) 14637

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 2, 2021

Departmental Overview

The opening offered resides in the Vincent J. Coates Genomics Sequencing Laboratory (GSL) and the Functional Genomics Laboratory (FGL), two of the Core Facilities located in the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences - Berkeley (QB3-Berkeley), and is funded through UC Berkeley. The GSL and the FGL are charged with providing Next Generation DNA library preparatory and sequencing services to the U.C., Berkeley campus biological science research community.

We are looking for a Staff Research Associate to play a central supporting role in ongoing operations of both the Genome Sequencing Laboratory and the Functional Genomics Laboratory. The GSL operates five Illumina NGS instruments, two PacBio Sequels, and provides a variety of library preparation services, including cutting-edge 10x genomics single cell services, and quality control services. The incumbent will provide support to maintain and operate the NGS instruments and associated library preparation and quality control robots and instruments. The incumbent will lead in the implementation, and analysis of NGS experiments. The selected candidate should have good communication skills, the ability to work independently and troubleshoot their own experiments. Advanced troubleshooting of NGS experiments will be required.

The work will involve a variety of techniques in the field of molecular biology: preparation and quality control of NGS libraries; analytical techniques such as fluorescence quantitation of DNA, size analysis using the Agilent bioanalyzer and the Advanced Analytical Fragment Analyzer, quantitative real time PCR (qPCR). These analytical methods will be incorporated into a workflow leading to the operation of the Illumina HiSeq 2500, Illumina HiSeq4000, Illumina MiSeq and Pacific Biosciences NGS instruments. The selected candidate will support a variety of customers from throughout campus.

  • Quantitate/Evaluate DNA library samples for Illumina NGS by fluorimetry, Agilent Bioanalyzer, qPCR.
  • Generate genomic DNA and RNA NGS libraries manually and using robotics.
  • Assist with operation and maintenance of NGS instruments
  • Assist with generating and troubleshooting Illumina library preparation experiments.
  • Record data, perform data analysis and compile results for distribution to customers;
  • Perform miscellaneous tasks required to operate the research core facility (maintaining equipment, etc).
  • Provide assistance to customers, log in samples, and monitor workflow.
  • Troubleshoot advanced issues with the NGS pipeline
  • Ensure Lab efficiency by coordinating tasks with SRA staff and students

Required Qualifications
  • The successful candidate will be cooperative, team-oriented, pay strict attention to detail, keep industry-standard records and have good communication skills. Must adhere to all campus and EH&S safety policies. B.S. degree in the biological sciences and/or equivalent years experience or training with demonstrated success in general molecular biological techniques. Work experience in a wet lab with use of single and multichannel pipets.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience in Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) technology is not required but ideal
  • B.A./B.S. and previous experience working in research laboratories.
  • Experience in preparation of short read cDNA/genomic DNA libraries, fluorescent quantitation of DNA samples, Agilent bioanaylzer analysis of DNA and RNA samples; operation and maintenance of the Illumina HiSeq NGS instruments; standard and real time (qPCR) PCR. Familiarity with other general molecular biology methods, such as ligation, gene cloning, gel electrophoresis of nucleic acids and troubleshooting of NGS library preparation would be advantageous.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hourly range is $23.34 - $27.85.

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How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a full-time annual renewable contract position.

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:

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

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