Jr. Specialist - Bioengineering - UC Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley
Job Location
Berkeley, CA 94720
Job Description

The Vandsburger lab within the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a Jr. Specialist to (i) assist in ongoing cellular and molecular experiments focused on maladaptive remodeling of cardiac tissue and (ii) to oversee basic laboratory management functions.

Appointment length:

This is a 12 month, 100% time appointment. Anticipated start date: March 1, 2017.

The successful candidate will be involved in collecting blood samples from regional dialysis clinics, isolating platelets, and performing regular qPCR and ELISA assays. Additional culture, transfection, and immunohistochemical analysis of isolated cell lines will be routinely performed. Successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in both pre-clinical (mouse) and clinical (human) magnetic resonance imaging studies. Administrative duties including maintaining laboratory protocols, bio/environmental safety compliance, IRB amendment and compliance, and minimal ordering will be included in this position. Routine meetings with supervisor will take place to facilitate training and ensure progress. 

Basic Qualifications (at time of application):

A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Bioengineering, Biology, or Chemistry is required.


Additional Qualifications (by start date):

Experience with fundamental biological techniques: cell culture, media preparation, cloning, transfection, planning of primers, PCR, qPCR, immunostaining, basic microscopy methods. At least 1 year prior experience in a biomedical research laboratory (academic or industrial).


Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to conduct independent research

Ability to work effectively as part of a highly interdisciplinary team

Outstanding writing and communication skills

Ability to approach research challenges in a methodical and thorough fashion

Superior level of organization required for maintenance of protocols, regulatory compliance, and lab inventory.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley salary scales.


Application procedure: To apply go to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01264


Job will remain open until filled.

 All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California Policy and California State law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

 We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.



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CONTACT Please direct questions to Moriel Vandsburger, moriel@berkeley.edu

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