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Staff Research Associate (9617C), Molecular & Cell Biology

Company: Society for Conservation Biology
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: September 18, 2022

Job Description:

Staff Research Associate (9617C), Molecular & Cell Biology About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) is one of UC Berkeley's largest academic departments and is by several measures (including number of the faculty and students, budget, and assigned square feet), larger than many UCB colleges and schools. MCB is divided into five divisions: Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology (BBS); Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB); Genetics, Genomics & Development (GGD); Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P); and Neurobiology (NEU). The teaching and research activities of the Department of MCB concern the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms.

The Staff Research Associate works in the Instructional Support Service Group and serves as the principal assistant to the senior staff assigned to the undergraduate Neurobiology and Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) laboratories in MCB. Under general direction of the senior staff, the Staff Research Associate performs a variety of teaching laboratory support functions for the undergraduate Neurobiology and CDB teaching laboratories.

The anticipated start date for this position is January 16, 2023.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 4, 2022. This position will remain open until filled.


Laboratory Preparation for Neurobiology Lab (MCB 160L, Introduction to Human Physiology Lab (MCB 32L) and Mammalian Neuroanatomy Lab (MCB 163L):

  • Under the direction of senior staff and working as part of a cooperative team, the SRA meets with senior staff on a regular basis to discuss the preparation of lab exercises.
  • Review schedule of lab exercises and prepare materials required for class experiments.
  • These duties include but are not limited to:
  • Set up physiological equipment (amplifiers, oscilloscopes, stimulators, manipulators, microscopes, computers, cameras, dissecting instruments etc.).
  • Test equipment prior to and after student usage.
  • Assist in maintaining neuronal cell lines in culture.
  • Prepare a wide range of biological materials and solutions.
  • Care for and prepare live materials for lab sessions (crayfish, frog, chick embryo, rat brain).
  • Fabricate and test intracellular and extracellular electrodes for neuronal recording.
  • Assist in the update of preparation procedures.
  • Perform various molecular biology techniques to isolate cDNAs from plasmids in bacteria.
  • Purify and cut DNA to prepare for making mRNA for oocyte expression labs.
  • Run gels, setup restriction enzymes digests, and keep lab notebooks or results and yields.
  • Assist in animal handling as well as frog pithing needed for student labs in each of those lab courses.
  • Assist with a variety of lab set-ups for MCB 160L, 163L, and 32L.
  • Disassembly of experimental setup at the end of the lab exercise: clean classrooms thoroughly and put away equipment and unused supply items in the designated storage cabinets, shelves and drawers.
  • Clean used equipment and supply items.
    Laboratory Maintenance (MCB 160L, 32L and 163L):
    • Ensure that supplies and equipment are present in the classroom in the required quantities and in working condition for each laboratory session.
    • Replenish depleted supplies in between laboratory sessions and maintain cleanliness of work areas and classroom.
    • Collect, package, and dispose hazardous waste material according to established protocols.
    • Inventory supplies used in the classroom.
    • Obtain needed items from the storeroom or local shops.
    • Maintain equipment and supply inventory by using Excel.
    • Conduct inventory projects of chemicals, supplies and equipment in a timely manner and report to senior staff regarding restocking or replacement to avoid deficiencies.
    • Maintain and track the chemical and equipment inventory for the undergraduate Neurobiology and Cell and Developmental Biology laboratories in MCB.
    • Test new equipment for functionality and any required adjustments or calibrations must be done ahead of the laboratory courses to facilitate student use.
      General Housekeeping (MCB 160L, 32L and 163):
      • Assist in maintaining cleanliness of work areas.
      • After consultation with senior staff direct activities of work study student to do general glassware washing, autoclaving and other routine lab maintenance chores.
      • Participate in end-of-the-semester projects:
        • Clean and check all the equipment, and perform minor repair when appropriate.
        • Organize work and storage space to promote efficient and orderly function of the preparation room and classrooms
        • Work with senior staff and safety officer to ensure classroom and preparation room are free of hazards and laboratory practices are in compliance with campus Environment, Health & Safety regulations.
          Assist in Teaching Lab Related Projects:
          • Assist senior staff in special projects related to the courses.
          • Participate in the design and troubleshooting of new experiments before their introduction into the respective laboratory course.
          • Copy handouts and other materials for the classrooms.
          • Use email and bCal to send and receive memos and notices of meetings etc. related to job duties.
          • Update inventory in EXCEL.
          • Use Word to write memos and update protocols.
          • Maintain files (images, documents, etc) in organized folders on computers, transfer necessary materials between computers for the courses, and remove obsolete student files at the end of each semester.
          • Assist with implementing unit/course website and help the unit with minor computer problems/issues.
          • Other duties as assigned.
            Required Qualifications
            • Experience in preparing complex solutions and biological materials.
            • Working experience in a laboratory - familiarity with the performance of basic laboratory procedures and experimental techniques.
            • Recent experience in working with neurophysiology instrumentation. (amplifiers, oscilloscopes, stimulators, manipulators, microscopes, computers, cameras, dissecting instruments) and contemporary neurobiology techniques.
            • Strong organizational skills, attention to details, analytical ability, mechanical aptitude are essential.
            • Effective oral and written communication skills, and ability to develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with faculty, students, supervisors, and team members.
            • Ability to consistently exercise a high degree of professionalism in relating to students, graduate student instructors, faculty, and co-workers.
            • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and resourcefulness in approaching problems.
            • Demonstrated understanding and ability to stay abreast of rapidly changing technology and tools.
              • Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences with emphasis in neurobiology or related fields, or equivalent related work experience.
                Preferred Qualifications
                • Electronics and computer experience (Macintosh, Excel) are highly desirable.
                • Experience working in instruction, or in an academic department of a large institution.
                • Computer science background or related experience.

                  Salary & Benefits
                  • This is a part-time (20 hours/week), Career position with a one-month summer furlough.
                  • This position is eligible for full UC benefits.
                  • This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is 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. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

                    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 see:

                    For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

                    Associated topics: biochemistry, bioengineering, biological engineer, biomedical engineer, biophysics, biosynthetic, molecular, neurodegenerative, parenteral, therapeutic Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Keywords: Society for Conservation Biology, Berkeley , Staff Research Associate (9617C), Molecular & Cell Biology, Other , Berkeley, California

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