Assistant Project Scientist in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

University of California Berkeley School of Public Health

Assistant Project Scientist - Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology - School of Public Health

Job #JPF02844
  • School of Public Health - School of Public Health

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 22nd, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Feb 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Position: Assistant Project Scientist – Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology - School of Public Health
Location: University of California, Berkeley, CA
Salary: $63,100 to 77,500 (Steps I to V) – This is a full-time position
Start Date: March 2021

About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The School of Public Health (SPH) is a large and complex professional school on the Berkeley campus. The mission of the School is to develop, adapt, and apply diverse disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population. The School carries out this mission with programs of teaching, research, and service. The academic structure of the School of Public Health consists of a single department (Department of Public Health) and six divisions: BioStatistics, Community Health and Human Department, Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, Health Policy, and Management and Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology) in which faculty, students, and staff are clustered in order to pursue organized study of areas of concentration and specialty fields.

An Assistant Project Scientist, Step I-V position is available in the Harris laboratory in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, which works on the virology, immunology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical aspects, and control of arboviral diseases, such as dengue and Zika, using in vitro systems, a mouse model, and human clinical studies. Dengue and Zika are major public health problems worldwide, caused by mosquito-borne RNA flaviviruses. Clinical and epidemiological studies are conducted in collaboration with scientists in Nicaragua as long-term partners in a dengue-endemic region.

Responsibilities include:

• Provide organization, coordination, project management, and input to the scientific direction to research studies – particularly those in flavivirus virology, pathogenesis, immunology, and epidemiology – carried out in Harris laboratory and in collaborating site in Nicaragua
• Assist with financial management of grants, including the preparation of budget projections/reports and sub-award documentation, the management of an internal procurement and tracking system to ensure budgets are on track, and other pre-and post-award activities
• Assist in writing proposals for funding from federal agencies and other funding organizations, and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies
• Edit manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with the PI and other members of the research team
• Help prepare presentations and attend laboratory meetings, seminars, and conferences, as necessary
• Maintain communication with collaborating scientists, collaborators, and Nicaraguan researchers regarding scientific collaborations, samples, reagent requests, and associated inventories, and supervise the logistics and sample flow management between UC Berkeley and collaborating labs
• Ensure the laboratory is in compliance with EH&S regulations and that members of the Harris lab are in compliance with safety protocols/training and maintain necessary records including new lab member on-boarding
• Maintain and improve: inventory systems of samples and reagents in Harris lab, compilation of standard operating procedures, and exit protocols/registries when lab members depart
• Assist/supervise the preparation of IRB submissions, BUA permits, campus-led chemical inventory, and other permits/forms relevant to the continued and successful operation of the Harris laboratory

Basic Qualifications (required at the time of application):
• Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree)

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or related field
• Demonstrated expertise in Virology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and/or Immunology
• Previous experience in the flavivirus field (including dengue, Zika, and/or yellow fever)
• Excellent organizational and managerial skills
• Experienced with mentoring and supervising technical staff
• Ability to read, write, and speak in Spanish

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family. Information about UC Berkeley benefits can be found at

This position is in a represented bargaining unit, United Auto Workers (UAW).
Application procedure:

To apply, please go to the following link:

Applications must include:
Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists.

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 ( prior to submitting their letters.

The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Eva Harris at

The School of Public Health is interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

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

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - 1-2 pages
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Reference requirements
  • 3-7 required (contact information only)