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Assistant Project Scientist - Reverse Transcriptase Biochemistry and Applications - Molecular and Cellular Biology

Position overview

Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Project Scientist series salary scale
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Early summer 2021
Position duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: April 21st, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, May 5, 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: Monday, Jun 21, 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

The department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist in the Collins Lab, in the area of reverse transcriptase (RT) engineering and assay development.
The Assistant Project Scientist will pioneer new molecular detection and sequencing methods using modified eukaryotic retroelement RTs. The scope of responsibilities spans vector design, molecular cloning, mutagenesis, recombinant protein expression and purification, recombinant RNA expression and purification, nucleotide incorporation assays, protein-nucleic acid interaction assays and structure/function, and next-generation sequencing methods development.
The Assistant Project Scientist will work independently as well as in coordination with other scientists. Up to 10% time may be committed to training new lab members and/or infrastructure maintenance.

This position provides full benefits.

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:

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    PhD or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    Publication record with first-author publications written by the applicant.
    Minimum of 4 years of work experience post-PhD.

Preferred qualifications

    PhD in biochemistry or related discipline.
    Familiarity with benchling.
    Experience training and working with other researchers.
    Experience with safe handling of radioactivity (32P).
    Experience with vector design & molecular cloning.
    Oral presentation experience at major conferences.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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

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Job location

Berkeley, CA