Job ID: 131106

Research Associate - Microbiology (9613C) 1909 - 1909

University of California, Berkeley

  • Oct. 9, 2019
  • Research Associate - Microbiology (9613C) 1909 - 1909
  • Energy & Biosciences Institute
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - Microbiology

Research Associate - Microbiology (9613C) 1909 - 1909

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptance academic and artistic, political and cultural make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 21, 2019.

Departmental Overview

The Energy & Biosciences Institute (EBI) is an organization that will bring advanced knowledge in biology, physical sciences, engineering, and environmental and social sciences to bear on problems related to global energy production. EBI represents collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. EBI's multidisciplinary teams will collectively explore total-system approaches to problems that include the sustainable production of sustainable fuels, optimized large scale energy storage, enhanced carbon sequestration, bioprocessing of fossil fuels and biological treatment of energy wastes. EBI will educate a new generation of students in all areas of energy, and will serve as a model for large-scale academic-industry collaborations. EBI will facilitate and accelerate the translation of basic science and engineering research to improved products and processes for meeting the world's energy needs in the 21st century.

To provide microbiological, molecular, and analytical support to an environmental microbiology laboratory dealing with complex samples form a diversity of environments. The lab research focus is in the areas of anaerobic environmental microbiology, bioremediation, fossil fuel microbiology, carbon sequestration, microbial sulfur redox cycling, and bioenergy production. Microbial tools in current use include: anaerobic growth of bacterial cultures, microbial physiology, metabolomics, RNA and DNA extraction and analysis from a wide range of environments, primer design, cDNA production, gel quantification and visualization, PCR and gel purification, clone library construction using 16S rRNA gene as well as specific genes of interest, 16S rRNA based phylogenetic microarray (PhyloChip), quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR), bacterial phylogenetic analysis, genome analysis including annotation, whole genome comparisons and identification of putative genes involved in metabolisms of interest. Analytical procedures in current use include: gas chromatography with thermocouple (TCD) flame ionization (FID), and mass spectroscopy (MS) detection; HPLC with ultra violet (UV), conductivity (IC), and mass spectroscopy (LC/MS) detection; kinetic phosphorescence analyses (KPA); UV-VIS and fluorescence spectroscopy; electron microscopy (TEM, SEM); electron diffraction (ED); X- ray diffraction (XRD); and X-ray spectromicroscopy (NEXAFS, XANES, and STXM). The incumbent will be expected to provide support on all aspects of analyses and perform analyses on specific samples as required. The incumbent will be expected to provide some level of equipment maintenance and oversight to ensure optimum performance.

  • Perform assistant researcher role on assigned research project(s) (under the direction of senior researchers and the PI)
  • Assist with the performance of field and lab experiments by performing routine operations to assist other researchers
  • Maintain and modify experimental equipment as needed
  • Modify existing SOPs under the direction of senior researchers
  • Assist with lab ordering and unpacking of gas tanks/supplies/reagents specific for molecular and microbiology research
  • Assist with the management of laboratory safety, including radiation safety and hazardous waste disposal
  • Data Entry - Maintain a lab notebook that is well documented and easy to follow. Data must be succinctly tabulated in a way that can be easily visualized by others, especially his/her supervisors

Required Qualifications
  • BSc. in microbiology, chemistry, environmental engineering, biochemistry, or an equivalent scientific degree and one or more years of work experience in an academic research laboratory
  • Experience with aseptic technique, microbial cell culture, and molecular biology
  • Experience and knowledge of environmental engineering projects (e.g. columns or bioreactors), troubleshooting and design
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to function within a team environment and to work independently on specific projects as required
  • Flexibility to work altered schedule and overtime hours during special projects Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint
  • BSc. in environmental engineering, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, or an equivalent scientific degree
  • Ability to present their work within the group and outside the group (posters at conferences)

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with anaerobic microbiology and/or environmental engineering
  • Practical engineering experience, especially bench-scale apparatuses and projects

Salary & Benefits

Houlry Salary Range: $22.00 - $23.97

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

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