Assistant/Associate Researcher in Biology

University of California Berkeley

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Job #JPF04067
  • Nutritional Sci & Tox Dept / College of Natural Resources / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Assistant to Associate Project Scientist
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position:]. A reasonable estimate for this position is $71,500–$87,000.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Fall 2023
Position duration: The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: July 25, 2023

Next review date: Tuesday, Aug 8, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Aug 25, 2023 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 description

The Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant/Associate Project Scientist in the Anders Naar Lab, in the area of Molecular and Cell Biology and Metabolism.

We investigate mechanisms by which genes are switched on or off, and how these processes go awry in a range of rare and prevalent diseases such as cardio-metabolic disorders, skeletal and cardiac muscle diseases, respiratory viral diseases, and cancers. For example, we have discovered previously unknown molecular mechanisms involved in controlling the output of genes important in cholesterol and fat metabolism. Studies of such mechanisms, involving complex circuits of gene regulators and tiny snippets of RNA called microRNAs, are yielding new therapeutic strategies to target metabolic defects contributing to the etiology of many types of cancers, cardiometabolic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, and coronary artery disease, rare and prevalent muscle and cardiac disease such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and heart failure, aging-related diseases such as dry AMD and sarcopenia, and viral diseases of pandemic potential such as SARS-CoV-2 and IAV (e.g., Yang et al. Nature 2006, Thakur et al. Nature 2008, Najafi-Shoushtari et al. Science 2010, Walker et al. Cell 2011, Rottiers et al. Science Transl Med 2013, Wagschal et al. Nature Med 2015, Nishikawa et al. Nature 2016, Wang et al., Cell 2020, Gnanaguru et al., Mol. Therapy 2021, Zhu at el. Nature Communications 2022).


The Assistant/Associate Project Scientist will drive projects aimed at identifying novel regulatory functions of genes/microRNAs and uncover alterations in metabolic pathways using mouse metabolic disease models and in vivo models of tumorigenesis and metastasis, which may lead to discovery of new biological paradigms with high translational potential. This research incorporates a wide range of approaches using cutting-edge technologies such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, CRISPR-Cas9 genomic editing and both cell and mouse models. In addition, the Assistant/Associate Project Scientist will interface with collaborators who are experts in diverse fields such as structural biology, animal metabolism and physiology from rodent models to non-human primates, as well as chemical biology and pharmacogenomics.

Additional responsibilities:

● designing and executing experiments
● data management
● data analysis
● manuscript preparation
● presenting research
● contributing to grant proposals
● mentoring students


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD (or equivalent international degree).

Preferred qualifications
  • Strong experimental expertise in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and mouse studies.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrate the ability to think critically and innovatively, have a strong publication record and show leadership capacity.
  • Prior research experience in animal metabolism and/or chemical biology.
  • We are looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals that are able to take on fast-paced, multidisciplinary projects.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, California

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