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Junior/Assistant Specialist - Genome Engineering - Dept of BioEngineering

Application Window

Open date: March 1st, 2021

Last review date: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Jun 12, 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

Junior/Assistant Specialist - The Hsu Lab

The Hsu Laboratory in the Department of Bioengineering and Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Jr/Assistant Specialist in the area of Genome Engineering. We are looking for a passionate and scientifically motivated person with the ability to learn new skills and concepts quickly under personal guidance, and then execute and troubleshoot experiments. 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. Anticipated start date is April 2021.

Duties of Position Include:

• The Jr/Assistant Specialist 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.
• This position performs a variety of techniques in molecular and cellular biology including cloning, cell culture, flow cytometry, preparation of next-generation sequencing libraries, analytical techniques such as qRT-PCR, and biochemical techniques such as protein purification.

• The Jr/Assistant Specialist will also have laboratory management duties, such as purchasing equipment and reagents.

Minimum Basic Qualifications:

Currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program or equivalent international degree at time of application

Additional Qualification:

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree by start date.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Previous experience working in research laboratories in the areas of molecular and cellular biology
• Experience with standard molecular biology techniques including PCR, electrophoresis, Gibson and Golden Gate cloning, qRT-PCR
• Experience culturing and manipulating human cells, ideally stem cells
• Experience with preparation of next-generation sequencing libraries for Illumina sequencing
• Experience with flow cytometry
• Strong organizational and record keeping skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills


The full-time annual salary will be commensurate with experience
$44,500 - $57,800 annually

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:

Application Procedures:
To apply go to:

Please direct all questions for this position to Patrick Hsu,, with the subject line: Junior/Assistant Specialist Position

This position will remain open until filled.

Reference Requirements:
Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists. We will seek your permission before contacting your 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:

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Berkeley, California