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Staff Research Associate II (9617C) 21682
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 11, 2022
Title Staff Research Associate II (9617C) 21682
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Medicine/Laboratory Medicine
    Biomedical Sciences

Staff Research Associate II (9617C) 21682

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a multidisciplinary research institution focused on genome engineering and potential applications in agriculture, microbiology and biomedicine. It is a joint venture between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, with its headquarters located at the UC Berkeley campus. The IGI is home to a Clinical Laboratory that specializes in SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics, serving both the campus and the local community.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 8/13/2021


As a staff research associate 2 (SRA2), the applicant will perform bench work in the clinical laboratory under the supervision of a shift lead or supervisor. For the duration of the pandemic, the SRA2 will act under CA executive code N-25-20 to directly test SARS-CoV-2 specimens. The applicant would be expected to work within a team to provide accurate and timely patient results for specimens arriving at the clinical laboratory. Within the general workflow of the clinical laboratory, human specimens arrive and are registered in the lab. RNA is extracted by liquid handling robotics and analyzed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 to provide results to patients. Specimen kits, reagents, and equipment are prepared and maintained to high standards, and adherence to HIPAA, safety, and clinical laboratory standard operating procedures is required at all times. When the pandemic is over, the SRA2 will primarily perform essential testing support tasks. Key responsibilities for the position may include:

Sample Intake

Accept collected SARS-CoV-2 specimens from couriers
In the laboratory, accept and reject specimens in a biosafety cabinet, adhering to rigid rejection criteria
Properly handle Protected Health Information (PHI)

Sample Processing

Process specimens through the Hamilton STARlet robot to generate plates for RNA extraction
Operate the Hamilton Vantage robot to extract RNA from specimens
Perform qPCR for SARS-CoV-2 detection
Review and approve qPCR results and amplification curves

Documentation & General

Document processes within a laboratory database (LIMS)
Make records of any deviation to written processes in the LIMS
Assist with proficiency testing and safety inspections
Maintain laboratory inventory
Dispose of waste according to written regulations
Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when required

Specimen Kit Production

Pack and distribute kits for clinical partners
Maintain kit production inventory - shipping, receiving, storage
Print and track barcodes
Prepare reagent lots and assess quality
Prepare specimen tubes and assemble specimen kits

Required Qualifications

  • Experience with general laboratory techniques.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a technical team.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet daily deadlines in a fast-paced facility setting.

Licenses or certifications:

  • CLS certification required for shift lead position only but preferred for all staff.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a CLIA and or BSL2 facility.
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques: DNA/RNA extraction, PCR and qPCR, and serological testing assays.
  • Experience with basic molecular and cellular biology techniques.
  • Experience working in a core or resource facility setting

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

Limited appointment type lasting duration of 18 months.

The automatic conversion to career status, as provided in Section B.2. above, will not occur when: c. The funding for the position is "one-time" funding, of eighteen months or less, or the employee was hired specifically to work on a short-term project lasting no more than one year.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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