Researcher in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

University of California Berkeley School of Public Health

Junior or Assistant Specialist - Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology - School of Public Health

Job #JPF02845
  • School of Public Health - School of Public Health

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 12th, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Mar 18, 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: Junior or Assistant Specialist – Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology – School of Public Health
Location: University of California, Berkeley, CA
Salary: $44,500.00 - $57,800.00, commensurate with experience
Targeted Start date: June 2021 or sooner

The Wolf Lab in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology and the Center for Computational Biology in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Junior/Assistant Specialist, in the area of gut microbiome research.

This position will support the newly established Wolf Lab by performing microbial culturing techniques and gnotobiotic animal husbandry. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic biologist with the ability to learn new techniques and troubleshoot experimental systems. The microbiota of the mammalian gut is a complex community of individual microbial strains shaped by diet, microbial competition, and the host. The Wolf lab studies the assembly and function of the gut microbiota in vitro (anaerobic culture) and in vivo (gnotobiotic mice). The Specialist position will support the lab’s research in both model systems and interact with Ph.D. students and other trainees.

Duties of Position include:
• Bacterial culturing and careful management of laboratory stocks.
• Molecular biology techniques such as DNA isolation, PCR, and sequence library preparation.
• Daily care of research animals in the germ-free/gnotobiotic facility as well as experimental protocols. This may include maintenance of flexible film isolators and supply cylinders, colony management, cage cleaning and sanitation, animal observation, and collection of experimental samples.
• Purchasing equipment and reagents.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application):
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent international degree)

Preferred qualifications:
• A Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related field
• Interest in microbiome research
• Experience in Laboratory research
• Experience with caring for laboratory animals
• Must be organized and attentive to detail
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Willingness to learn new techniques

This position reports to Professor Ashley Wolf. . The anticipated start date is between February and June 2021.

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

Application procedure:
To apply, please go to the following link:

The position will remain open until filled. The initial appointment is a full-time position at 100% time for one year term with the possibility of renewal, contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit.

Please direct questions to Dr. Ashley Wolf,

References may be solicited for finalists.

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Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - 1-2 pages
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Reference requirements
  • 2-5 required (contact information only)