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Junior/Assistant Specialist - Immunology, infection, and cancer – Molecular and Cellular Biology

Position overview

Position title: Specialist
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Specialist series salary scale
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Winter 2023
Position duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: November 6, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 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 DuPage Lab in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Specialist at the Junior or Assistant rank to investigate genes critical to the function of the T regulatory immune cell population in disease pathology, including autoimmunity, infection, and cancer. The position will contribute in three major ways 1) mouse colony maintenance (handling, tagging, bleeding mice), genotyping (by PCR and flow cytometry) and necropsy/ experimentation (harvesting tissues - including tumors, isolation of T cells), 2) cell based experiments (isolation and culture of cells and T cell functional assays), and 3) DNA/RNA manipulation and cloning. This position reports to Professor Michel DuPage, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis.
The position will keep detailed records of experiments performed, conclusions made, and communication of results orally and through lab notebook records.

In the DuPage lab, we are focused on breaking down the immunological walls (namely Tregs) that protect cancers from our own immune systems. To examine this interface between our immune systems and cancer, we intersect the fields of cancer biology, immunology, and epigenetics. Our goal is to strengthen our own immune defense mechanisms against our own cancers by establishing a new paradigm for augmenting immune responses against cancer - to uncover and target mechanisms that control T cell programming within the tumor microenvironment. We have already identified key intracellular pathways, both signaling cascades and epigenetic enzymes, that when targeted, selectively reprogram intratumoral Tregulatory cell function to enhance anti-cancer immunity while simultaneously minimizing autoimmune toxicity. Our approach utilizes sophisticated genetic tools to modify T cells and tumor cells in the context of the most advanced pre-clinical cancer models of the human disease.

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

This position is represented by the Academic Researchers Unit UAW 5810 and covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree

Preferred qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Molecular/Cellular Biology, Immunology, or a related field.
Experience in microscopy, mouse breeding, genotyping and experimental assay development, execution and analysis.
Lab experience in a scientific lab during the undergraduate degree or afterward.
Excellent communication skills and careful attention to detail.
Experience in planning experiments, documenting and communicating data, and trouble-shooting protocols.
Experience in new protocol development is a plus, as is experience in mammalian cell culture or mouse handling.
Experience in isolating tissues, tissue/cell culture, molecular biology, statistics, and data analysis.
Expertise in immunology techniques (antibody staining and flow cytometry) and a basic understanding of immunology, especially T cell biology.
Proficient in mouse handling for colony management, mouse necropsy and tissue harvesting, tissue culture, and DNA/RNA-based techniques such as PCR, qPCR, and basic cloning

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

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

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Job location

Berkeley, CA