Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Staff Research Associate (SRA 2 - 9612C) - Bioengineering
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 5/20/21
The Delcassian Lab at UC Berkeley is recruiting a Staff Research Associate to join our research team. We develop advanced biomaterial systems and new technologies including gene delivery, 3D bioprinting, and vaccine systems to investigate the human immune system. These technologies enable us to better understand how the immune system functions, and supports our development of next generation therapeutics to treat cancer, autoimmune disease, and other immune disorders.
We are seeking a two Staff Research Associates to play a central supporting, experimental and organizing role in ongoing laboratory research and operations. The Staff Research Associates will assist with experiments, organize research operations, conduct routine laboratory experimental procedures, manage laboratory research operations, assist with laboratory activities and animal husbandry, and provide support services to the PI and lab personnel. The Staff Research Associates will provide this support to lab members by performing basic laboratory tasks (e.g. routine cell culture, conducting experiments, preparing experimental solutions, maintaining and up-keeping the chemical inventory, lab safety managing, data management), supporting research activities (e.g. equipment maintenance, surgical assistance, data analysis, equipment maintenance, supply ordering and stock management), and assisting with administrative tasks (e.g. scheduling, assistance with grant preparation and personnel, daily laboratory logistics, laboratory personnel training). The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, excellent organizational and computer skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a highly interdisciplinary team. Training will be provided for the necessary laboratory skills.
30% Daily laboratory operations:
Act as lab safety manager and train personnel in laboratory practices and safety procedures.
Participate in the development and revision of standard operating procedures and guidelines.
Develop and maintain chemical and biological safety records.
Manage procurement activity for the research group.
Maintain inventories of laboratory consumables and glassware.
Calibration and maintenance of experimental equipment.
Operating and maintaining measurement technologies.
Maintain and update laboratory protocols.
30% Daily experimental research operations:
Experimental research and ongoing research support tasks
Prepare experimental stock solutions and buffers.
Cell isolation and routine cell culture
Histological processing and analysis.
30% Provide office management services and administrative support to the PI and laboratory personnel:
Support for hiring of laboratory personnel, appointment extensions, visitor requests, and other related correspondence on behalf of the PI.
Coordinate communication with human resources, payroll and financial units and assist with budget preparation.
Maintain laboratory database and computer network.
2 OPENINGS AVAILABLE
At least 3 years of hands-on research experience in various fields such as Bioengineering, Immunology, or Materials/Chemical Engineering at a top-tier academic institution or industry.
Broad understanding of equipment and technologies used in Bioengineering research.
Cooperative, highly motivated and team-oriented individual with strong organizational and problem-solving skills, attention to detail and thoroughness in work product, who will keep industry-standard records.
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of faculty, staff, students, researchers (both domestic & international), and industrial partners while demonstrating tact and diplomacy are also necessary as the job will require working in a group environment with frequent interruptions.
Proven ability to take initiative in implementing, maintaining, and improving lab and office operations.
Proven ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
The capability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent work ethic.
Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Illustrator, etc.
Willingness to learn new laboratory techniques and procedures is essential.
Willingness to learn and perform basic animal husbandry.
The candidate must adhere to all campus and EH&S safety policies.
Previous hands-on laboratory experience in an academic and/or industrial research setting is required.
A completed (or soon to be completed) B.S. degree in Bioengineering, Biological Sciences, or a related field with experience working in a laboratory environment, or equivalent experience is required.
B.S. degree or above in Engineering, Biological Sciences, Chemistry or a related field with experience working in a laboratory environment.
Previous experience managing multiple projects in a supervisory/managerial role for a minimum of two years.
Experience with biomolecular techniques (ELISA, Western Blots, RNA extraction).
Experience with 3D printing techniques (biological and hard material, CAD design).
Experience with nanoparticle formulation or gene delivery technologies (lipids, mRNA).
Experience with immunology techniques (flow cytometry, cell isolation).
Experience in preparation of chemical solutions and media.
Experience in tissue processing techniques.
Experience in managing databases.
General knowledge of UC system as well as of University policies and procedures.
Salary & Benefits
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