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Assistant Project Scientist - Genome Engineering - Dept of BioEngineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 8th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Aug 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Aug 31, 2020 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.


Assistant Project Scientist - The Hsu Lab

The Hsu Laboratory in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist in the area of Genome Engineering. Our research aims to understand and manipulate the genetic circuits that control brain and immune cell function to improve human health. To do this, our group draws from a palette of technologies including CRISPR-Cas, engineered viruses, genome sequencing, massively parallel reporter assays, and pooled genetic screens. Projects in the lab include developing new genome editing modalities, CRISPR detection of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, and high-throughput genetic screens.

Appointment Length:

This is a full time position at 100% time for one year. The appointment may be renewed depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Duties of Position Include:

• The Assistant Project Scientist will work as part of an NIH-funded team to invent molecular technologies for genome editing and nucleic acid detection, working primarily in the areas of molecular and cell biology, protein biochemistry/engineering, and next-generation sequencing. The project aims to enable new approaches for gene and cell-based therapeutics and nucleic acid detection, e.g. for COVID-19.
• Conduct experiments involving molecular technology development, genome editing, and applications in functional genomics and gene/cell therapy
• Assist with the Principal Investigator (PI) to help achieve long-term goals for the laboratory by working with lab members, collaborators, and granting agencies
• Day-to-day interactions with students and postdocs to provide guidance and refine experiments.
• Monitor progress of projects and suggest improvements
• Keep up-to-date on advances in the field by reading the literature and attending meetings.
• Use up-to-date knowledge to evaluate approaches and technologies (equipment, assays, lab capabilities) and make recommendations for improvements to achieve research goals
• Assist with the PI to review operational needs of the lab, and develop and implement intermediate and long-term goals for the lab
• Conduct experiments tailored to the goals of the lab and the experience of the candidate
• Develop and provide training to lab personnel as needed
• Assist with writing progress reports for funding agencies, manuscripts, abstracts, presentations, and grant proposals.

Minimum Basic Qualifications:

PhD degree or equivalent international degree at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:

• PhD or equivalent international degree in biology or M.D.
• Experience with molecular and cell biology, including cell culture
• Background in immunology and/or neuroscience
• Benchwork experience
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated writing abilities, including experience writing reports, presentations for large audiences, and grant proposals
• Experience mentoring lab members
• Ability to develop innovative processes to achieve goals
• Must be a dedicated and independent thinking individual with strong research and organizational skills
• This position will require a driven, creative individual who is willing to tackle novel challenges and continually work towards process improvement


The full-time annual salary will be commensurate with experience
$79,100 - $87,600 annually

Application Procedures

To apply go to:

Please direct all questions for this position to Patrick Hsu,, with the subject line: Asst Project Scientist Position

This position will remain open until filled.

Reference Requirements:

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

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.

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:

Job location

Berkeley, California


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Unofficial Transcript - An unofficial transcript may be requested of finalists.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)