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Staff Research Associate 3 (9611C), Molecular & Cell Biology

Company: Society for Conservation Biology
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Staff Research Associate 3 (9611C), Molecular & Cell Biology Staff Research Associate 3 (9611C), Molecular & Cell Biology
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Departmental Overview

The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as Faculty Research performed by faculty organized in five divisions:

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Genetics, Genomics and Development
  • Immunology and Pathogenesis
    The teaching and research activities of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) concern the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms. This agenda covers a broad range of specialized disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, structural biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, tumor biology, microbiology, immunology, pathogenesis and neurobiology. The types of living organisms from which the departmental faculty draws its working materials are as diverse as its disciplinary specializations, ranging from viruses and microbes through plants, roundworms, annelids, arthropods, and mollusks to fish, amphibia, and mammals. The faculty of the department is organized into five divisions: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Neurobiology; and Immunology and Pathogenesis.

    The Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and Integrative Biology (IB) together are among the largest academic departments at UC Berkeley. By several measures (including number of faculty and students, budget, and assigned square feet), these departments are larger than many UCB colleges and schools. The two departments represent over 186 faculty FTE (including Adjuncts, Professors of the Graduate School, active emeriti and 15 HHMI professors); 150 postdocs and other research positions; 375 graduate students; 80 department staff members; and 8 recharge centers. Financial resources include approximately $51M in annual extramural funding (which accounts for over half of the total sponsored research awards in the College of Letters & Science) and over $46M other fund sources. The department has 1,800 declared undergraduate majors (the largest majors on the Berkeley campus) and a total annual enrollment in classes of -20,000. Department personnel are currently housed in seven buildings located in three widely separated parts of the campus.

    This position is for a SRA III who will provide a variety of support and research functions within the lab. Specifically, in direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator, this person will be performing research on the genetics and molecular biology of RNA binding proteins in Drosophila, including experiments involving the generation, genetic analysis, molecular, and phenotypic characterization of genome-engineered CRISPR mutants and phiC31 transgenes. In addition to managing necessary crosses for current research, this person will organize and maintain all fly lines from previous publications and other relevant alumni stocks.

    Application Review Date

    The First Review Date for this job is: October 31, 2022

    • In collaboration with the Principal Investigator and laboratory staff, perform research on the genetics and molecular biology of RNA binding proteins in Drosophila, including experiments involving the generation, genetic analysis, molecular, and phenotypic characterization of genome-engineered CRISPR mutants and phiC31 transgenes.
    • Employ molecular biology and recombinant DNA techniques, including PCR, DNA purification and DNA sequence analysis.
    • Managing health and organization of laboratory's current and archived drosophila stocks.
    • Harvest Drosophila embryos and larvae and set-up and analyze Drosophila genetic crosses, including the use of balancer chromosomes and fertility crosses.
    • Lab support duties including autoclaving waste and ordering and restocking supplies.
    • Assisting with protocol renewals and safety inspections.Required Qualifications
      • Experience with performing a wide variety of molecular biological techniques such as cloning, PCR, DNA/RNA isolation, NGS library preparation and QC, and DNA gel purification with exceptional attention to detail.
      • Contribute to data analysis and presentation of results internally.
      • Working knowledge of steps required to generate, balance, and screen transgenic flies.
      • Experience with long term maintenance of fly stocks including expertise in preventative maintenance of high-quality media and the animals environmental equipment.
        • Bachelor's degre and/or experience/training in the life sciences, preferably Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Biochemistry.Preferred Qualifications
          • Greater than 5 years of experience working in a biology research lab
          • Experience with molecular biology protocols and relevant equipment
            Salary & Benefits
            • This is a part-time (20 hours/week), career position, and eligible for full UC benefits.
            • The annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $62,315.34 - $90,794.94, Steps 1.0 - 20.0 (at 100% FTE).
            • 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:
            • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: to Apply
              Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.

              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.

              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:

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