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    Opportunity: Research Associate (Microbial and Enzyme Discovery) (#94775) @ Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory -- Berkeley, CA (US)
    Submitted by Bill Cannan; posted on Saturday, January 22, 2022


    Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems & Engineering Division (BSE) is looking for a Research Associate to provide technical and research support for microbial culturing, molecular cloning, and genetic transformations.

    What You Will Do:
    • Provide research and technical support to meet project goals and deadlines, including the collection and processing of data along with minimal analysis.
    • Perform molecular cloning and microbiology work routinely such as miniprep plasmids, PCR, gel extraction, DNA assembly, transformation, colony screening etc.
    • Implement transformation protocols for multiple non-model bacteria.
    • Perform basic lab duties, including maintaining and purchasing consumables, personal lab bench, and common area organization.
    • Maintain lab notebook and instrumentation.
    • Participate in group meetings and prepare reports as needed.


    What is Required:
    • A Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field and a minimum of 1 year of directly relevant lab experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience with molecular biology techniques including genomic DNA and plasmid preparation, PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis, restriction digestion, ligation, transformation, colony picking and screening.
    • Proficiency with basic office software (Google Docs, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, etc)
    • Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary laboratory environment.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to maintain detailed and accurate laboratory documents and records.


    • This is a full time career appointment, non-exempt from overtime pay (hourly paid).
    • Salary is commensurate with experience.
    • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.


    Work will be performed onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


    For full consideration, please apply by February 3, 2022 with the following application materials:
    • Cover Letter – Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
    Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


    Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

    Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab – Click Here (


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    Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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