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Assistant Project Scientist - Chang Group - Department of Chemistry

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 6th, 2019
Next review date: February 20th, 2019
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: March 8th, 2019
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.


The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist, Step I - V, at 100% time with an expected start date of 4/1/2019.

About the UC Berkeley, Department of Chemistry – Chang:
Research in the Chang Lab is interdisciplinary, aiming to harness the power of biological systems to solve outstanding problems at the frontiers of chemistry. Members of the lab leverage numerous techniques to design, probe, and optimize systems of reactions both in vivo and in vitro. These strategies encompass the burgeoning fields of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and biocatalysis, and are supported by studies in fundamental biochemistry and organic synthesis.
This position will be required to carry out a number of engineering and physiological experiments to meet the project goals including but not limited to: constructing pathways for monomer production in Escherichia coli, directed evolution of 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenases and poly(hydroxyl)alkanoate polymerases, generation of chromosomal E. coli mutants via CRISPR-Cas9 technology, microbiology, protein purification, in vitro biochemical assays, GC-MS, HPLC, and metabolite extraction and purification.

Position Description:
• Responsible for engineering pathways to produce branched hydroxyacids and enoic acids from sugar and carboxylic acids as monomers for enzymatic and chemical polymerization.
• Studying and engineering of the enzymes polymerases.
• Generate chromosomally-modified Escherichia coli host strains.
• Design experiments, record and analyze data, maintain a written record of experiments, and prepare manuscripts and reports.
• Share laboratory maintenance responsibilities with other group members.

Basic Qualifications:
Advanced degree or enrolled in advanced degree program at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:
PhD or equivalent international degree by the start of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD in Chemistry or related field.

The salary range for this full-time (100%) position is $57,400 – $70,700 per year plus benefits.

The university provides a comprehensive benefits program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance. For a complete guide on UC Health Benefits for staff, please visit:

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Application Requirements:
Applicants are required to submit their most recently updated curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and provide only contact information for a minimum of three (3) references at the time of application. It is optional to provide more than three (3) references up to a maximum of five (5) total references.

This position will be open until filled.

Diversity Statement:

The Department of Chemistry is interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Family Friendly Statement:

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.
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:

Please address inquires to Darryl San Pedro at

Job location

Berkeley, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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