Employment Opportunity

Staff Research Associate II

University of California, Berkeley

Type: Research Associate

Primary Research Area: Aging

Location: Berkeley, CA, USA

Salary Range: $50,001 - $60,000

Submit CV, Resume or Application By: April 18, 2019


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 http://jobs.berkeley.edu/why-berkeley.html.

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 18, 2018

Departmental Overview
The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) is an Instruction and Research unit within the College of Letters and Science. The department was formed as a result of the reorganization of the biological sciences at UCB. Integrative Biology offers 150 lower and upper division and graduate courses. The departments teaching and research activities focus on both the integration and diversity of structure and function in and among living systems, encompassing a full spectrum of biological organization (i.e. from molecular to biosphere) for organisms ranging from viruses to plants and animals.

The department has >30 regular faculty, several adjunct faculty, many emeriti faculty, and graduate students, 32 administrative and technical support staff, and numerous visiting scholars, and other researchers including undergraduate apprentices.

This specific position is in the Brooks, Exercise Physiology Laboratory, but with a strong link to the laboratory of Prof. Jose Vazquez-Medina who is a co-investigator on the NIH sponsored research effort. Hence, the successful candidate will be expected to work between labs with and among lab members.


  • Tasks include: animal handling, care and husbandry (basic mouse and rat procedures: intravenous, intraperitoneal and subcutaneous injection, gavage, anesthesia, genotyping), cell culture established cell lines as well as including primary cell isolation, basic tissue culture, transfection and analysis of cell phenotype, exercise testing and training or rodents, euthanasia, tissue sampling, tissue fragmentation for organelle isolation, cell and mitochondrial isolation and respiration using Clark electrode, Oroboros and Seahorse systems, ROS detection and quantitation, histochemical analyses, identification of regulatory proteins and genes by RT-qPCR, Western and Northern blotting, ELISA, and microscopy, and doing or working with others using mass spectrometry and RNAseq. Conduct cell culture studies, tissue harvesting and biochemical and molecular analyses.
  • Laboratory management including equipment maintenance, ordering of supplies and maintenance of stock laboratory materials.
  • Assist in care and feeding of laboratory animals. Work with the PI, post-doctoral and graduate and undergraduate student researchers as necessary to insure adequate animal care for their experiments.
  • Assist in data processing, graphical representation and manuscript preparation.
  • Responsibility for compliance with EH&S, ACUC and OLAC requirements in the laboratory. Work with other Laboratory SRAs, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists to make a cohesive, functioning and happy workplace.

Required Qualifications

  • The employee will be required to make informed decisions that require considerations of various criteria including prior experience and discussion with the supervisor. The research, experimental design, previous and recently obtained results, personnel involved, consideration of the personal feelings and well-being of laboratory members will have to be considered when making these decisions.
  • Education/Training: AB, or AB and MS degree in a relevant field with several years of relevant research experience in academic or industrial settings or a combination of equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with animal handling, care and husbandry, cell culture, exercise testing and training, euthanasia, tissue sampling, tissue fragmentation, cell an mitochondrial isolation and respiration, identification of regulatory proteins and genes by RT-qPCR, Western and Northern blotting, ELISA, and microscopy, and doing or working with others using mass spectrometry and RNAseq.
  • UC trainings sufficient to work in VLSB, the LSA Basement and NAF; UC trainings including Lab Safety Fundamentals, Biosafety, Hazardous Waste Program, Spill Response, and Blood Borne Pathogens or ability to complete such trainings.

Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/rx/index.html

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: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

For more information, please contact:

George Brooks
Berkeley, CA
Telephone: (510) 642-2861