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Staff Research Associate (9612C) - #65283

Company: University of California System
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

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.At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit OverviewIn the Department of Integrative Biology, we explore the diversity of life to understand our origins, improve our quality of life, and conserve our natural ecosystems. How is it, working from the same basic building blocks, that evolution has produced blue whales and blue cheese? Lichens and lyrebirds? Penicillin and pangolins? From the molecules that make up our DNA to the vast array of species that live and have lived on our planet, researchers in 1B work worldwide in the field, in our world-class museums, and in pioneering laboratories, to drive breakthroughs in the natural sciences.Diversity is the core of Integrative Biology. We are committed to not only studying the diversity of life, but to celebrating and supporting the diversity of people who make up our community and broader society. In this way, the Department of Integrative Biology aims to be part of the solution towards a more equitable, just, and inclusive vision of science.Position SummaryThe Kaufer lab is part of the Integrative Biology department and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and studies stress, plasticity, resilience, aging, blood brain barrier dysfunction, and neuroinflammation. Among our projects is a newly funded R0l grant that aims to combine human and mouse models in the study of blood brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction in aging and Alzheimer's disease, in a collaboration with the Jagust lab. The Research Associate will also provide research support to the graduate student working on this grant as well as carry out experiments related to this grant on their own.Application Review DateThe First Review Date for this job is: 03/08/2024.ResponsibilitiesConduct independent scientific work in areas such as, but not limited to:* Animal care, including breeding, weaning, and feeding of the experimental mice.* Quantify gene and protein expression in tissue collected from transgenic mice carrying an amyloid or tau mutation using VINE-seq, RNA-seq, ELISA, and/or Western blots.* Designs and carries out novel and innovative scientific experiments relevant to the interests of the lab.* Assists writing scientific posters and papers to communicate findings; helps evaluate scientific papers relevant to the research.Collaborate with the graduate student on scientific work in areas such as, but not limited to:* Optimization of BBB quantification methods in mouse tissue, which will include the techniques of injection and transcardial perfusion.* Running behavioral assays to test cognitive function in mice, including the Morris water maze, Barnes maze, and spontaneous alternation T-test.* Tissue collection, cryosectioning, and staining for immunohistochemical assays.* Animal MRI and PET imaging for longitudinal studies of amyloid/tau, BBB permeability, and structure.* Quantify gene and protein expression in tissue collected from transgenic mice carrying an amyloid or tau mutation using VINE-seq, RNA-seq, ELISA, and/or Western blots.Required Qualifications* Experience with mouse handling, molecular biology and behavior techniques, mouse surgeries, and knowledge of lab safety procedures.* Ability to work independently on a scientific project.* Strong interpersonal and communication skills that create and maintain excellent working relationships in a team environment.* Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.* The capability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.* Broad understanding of equipment and technologies used in Neuroscience research.* Incumbents are expected to possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the positions. These skills, knowledge, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of extensive study and experience.Salary & BenefitsThis is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for UC Benefits.For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $58,490.82 (Step 1) - $60,875.16 (Step 3).How to Apply* To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.Other InformationThis 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:* This is not a visa opportunity.* When applying please include why you are interested in this position and your timeline to start.Equal Employment OpportunityThe 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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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