Job ID: 160297

Assistant Specialist - Integrative Biology

University of California Berkeley

  • Jun. 9, 2021
  • Assistant Specialist - Integrative Biology
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • 6/18/2021
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - General

Assistant Specialist - Integrative Biology

Departmental Overview:
The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, was established to integrate neuroscience faculty across the University. The broad goal is to use the power of diverse research approaches to address central questions in neuroscience.
The faculty of the Institute includes over 65 researchers with state-of-the-art laboratories from the Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology, Psychology, Physics, engineering and Integrative Biology.
The Kaufer lab is part of the Integrative biology department and the Neuroscience institute, and is studying how does the brain deal with perturbations like stress, Traumatic brain injury and aging, and what are the mechanisms underlying trajectories of resilience vs. vulnerability. To address this, we are taking a multi-systems approach incorporating molecular, biochemical,
electrophysiological, and behavioral analyses in rat and mouse models.

This Assistant Specialist position will serve as the Lab Manager for the Kaufer lab.

  • Carry out independent scientific work addressing neural plasticity.
  • Advise students, postdocs and SRA I and oversee procedures including animal behavior, cell culture, and microscopy.
  • Contribute to the drafting of manuscripts and generation of figures.
  • Supervise work duties and ensure tasks are performed appropriately; post hiring requests, interview, help select and train staff.
  • Manage the lab's mouse colony, including isolation of genomic DNA and genotyping cells by PCR.
  • The Lab Manager will assist lab members with their experiments in molecular biology and animal work.
  • The Lab Manager will perform cryosectioning, immunohistochemistry, PCR, cell cultures and rodent surgeries and behavior.

Lab Management:
Generally - Oversees and ensures that daily lab operations run smoothly, including manage purchasing, ordering supplies and repairs, organize and manage lab reagents.
  • Serves as Human Resources liaison.
  • Serves as Safety Coordinator.
  • Manages work orders with other campus facilities for standard maintenance and repair work.
  • Oversees computer technical needs and the purchase of new computer equipment and software.
  • Manages and curate the cell line collection.
  • Manages lab finances.
  • Plans lab events and team building activities.
  • Plans itinerary and other logistical needs for lab visitors.

  • General Lab Purchases - enter purchases on website and submit approvals
  • Ensure adequate levels of all supplies are available
  • Special Purchases - Obtaining quotes and completing sole source justifications

Safety Preparation and updates of Standard Operating Procedures and Biological Use Authorizations
  • Draft all protocols and authorization paperwork
  • Interact with staff of ACUC and EHS for finalizing protocols
  • Safety Training of new hires and when additional training of lab members is requested.
  • Lab Safety Inspection once a year,
  • Communicate with EH&S, ACUC, OLAC about hazardous issue, inspections, training, addition and removal of lab members, help PI with updating the RUA, BUA and AUP
  • Update SOPs and ensure everyone doing the relevant experiments had read and signed.
  • Report new and recurring hazards to lab members during lab meeting

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