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Junior Specialist, Step I-II –Cell/Developmental Biology- Molecular and Cell Biology

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 27th, 2018
Next review date: May 22nd, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 4th, 2018
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.


Junior Specialist: Our laboratory focuses on understanding how cells organize themselves internally, in order to take on a specific external form and function. We explore these fundamental issues by studying a simple cell type - epithelia - in a highly manipulable model organism -- Drosophila. Working at the interface of cell biology, development, and genetics, we study the molecules and mechanisms that govern epithelial form, including apicobasal polarity, and how this form directs proper epithelial function to control cell proliferation and drive tissue morphogenesis. We also study Drosophila models of cancer.

Responsibilities: In collaboration with the Principal Investigator and lab members, the Jr. Specialist will carry out genetic, molecular biological and microscopy-based experiments in research studying Drosophila cancer biology and epithelial development. Research duties will include genetic stock construction, genetic screening, transplantation, metabolic assays, cell polarity assays, malignancy assays. Lab management duties will include ordering, filling reagent requests, coordinating food supplies, and assisting with stock keeping.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (At the time of application): Applicants must possess a Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent degree, in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or related field.

Additional Required Qualifications (By start date): The successful candidate will have at least one year of laboratory employment experience involving the techniques listed in the “Responsibilities” section. At least 6 months experience of research experience with Drosophila or other model genetic organism.
Demonstrated attention to detail; organizational and problem-solving skills; the ability to communicate effectively.

This position will be at UC Berkeley and reports to Dr. David Bilder. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for 1 year with expectation of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The approximate start date of this position will be August 1, 2018. The candidate should be open to a two-year commitment.

Salary: $37,548-40,044 depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

To Apply:

Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position and a cover letter. (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).

Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Annie Dinh, HR Partner,

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

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:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Job location

Berkeley, CA




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