Researcher in Molecular Biology Techniques

University of California Berkeley

Junior/Assistant Specialist – Molecular Biology Techniques - Center for Computational Biology

Job #JPF02881
  • Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society - Data Science

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 17th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Mar 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 description

The Staller Lab at the Center for Computational Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a Junior or Assistant Specialist to conduct research in the area of transcriptional regulation. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated biologist to help establish the laboratory. The Staller Lab combines experiments, computation, evolutionary diversity and rational protein mutagenesis to study how transcription factors activate gene expression.

Appointment length:
This is a one year, 100% time appointment with the possibility of being extended subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start date: March - June 2021.

The Junior/Assistant Specialist will join the research group of Dr. Max Staller with a focus on molecular biology techniques including DNA isolation, PCR, Illumina sequencing library preparation, genome engineering, human tissue culture and yeast cell culture. Experience with these techniques is not required and training will be provided. This position will also include training for constructing and assaying state-of-the-art plasmid libraries.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application):
Bachelor's or equivalent International Degree or enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent international degree) program

Additional Qualifications (by start date):
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree)

Preferred Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field
• Interest in transcriptional regulation and/or evolution
• Experience in laboratory research
• Organized and attentive to detail
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Interest in learning new techniques

$44,500 - $57,800 based on qualifications and experience. This position provides full benefits.

Application procedure:
To apply go to
This position will remain open until filled.

Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.
We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

Please direct questions to: Max Staller (email: with subject line: Junior/Assistant Specialist

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.

This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers. The current contract can be found here: Additional information can be found on the website:

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

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. (or resume)
  • Cover Letter - 1 page
Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)
Job location
  • Berkeley, CA