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Junior Specialist, Step I-II ‚Protein Engineering‚ Innovative Genomics Institute

Posted by: UC Berkeley

Posted date: May-22-2017

Location: Berkeley, CA

Junior Specialist, Step I-II ‚ÄďProtein Engineering‚Äď Innovative Genomics Institute

The junior specialist will be part of a research team at the Innovative Genomics Institute in UC Berkeley focused on protein engineering, biochemistry, and evolution to design, build, and test novel CRISPR proteins with enhanced functionalities.


The majority of the effort will be focused on, protein engineering techniques including: library generation strategies, screening and selecting for function, high throughput vector creation, deep sequencing, bacterial and human cell culture, assay development, protein purification and biochemistry for candidate testing and validation.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (At the time of application):

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent degree, in Biology, Plant Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Bioengineering or a related field.

Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):

The successful candidate will have at least two years part time OR one year full time doing molecular biology in a laboratory. Experience with the scientific method, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA purification, molecular cloning including Gibson and Golden gate and bacterial cell culture and CRISPR systems is required.

 Preferred qualifications (By start date):

Excellent communication skills, careful attention to detail and a high level of organization in documentation will be highly valuable. Experience with deep sequencing, human cell culture, development and use of high-throughput screening and selection systems, protein library creation techniques, flow cytometry and cell sorting, western blotting, protein purification, biochemical assays such as EMSAs, and running assays in human or bacterial cells are preferred.


This position reports to Dr. Benjamin Oakes. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for 6 months - 1 year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The approximate start date of this position will be June 2017. 

Salary: $17.99/hour ‚Äď $19.18/hour at 100% time, depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

 To Apply:   https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01374

Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position and a cover letter. (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).

 Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Terri Leong, HR Partner, terri.leong(at)berkeley.edu

This recruitment 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.

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Job Title Junior Specialist, Step I-II ‚Protein Engineering‚ Innovative Genomics Institute
Post Details
Email terri.leong(at)berkeley.edu
Employer's Website berkeley.edu
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Genetics
Job Classification Job Classification -> Research Associate
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Berkeley, CA
Key Words protein engineering
Start Date May 2017