Staff Research Associate 3 (9611C) Cancer Research Laboratory, 70009 Job at University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

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  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, CA

Job Description

Staff Research Associate 3 (9611C) Cancer Research Laboratory, 70009

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles , our Principles of Community , and our Strategic Plan .

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Departmental Overview

The Cancer Research Lab (CRL) supports the joint efforts of our Faculty by providing access to cutting-edge technologies that are essential for their research. These technologies are in general too expensive or too complex for a single laboratory to acquire or maintain. However, by providing these technologies in centralized core facilities, the CRL can support the efforts of UC Berkeley scientists to research the next breakthrough.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 4, 2024

Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to support the operations of the Cancer Research Laboratory's Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) and the Zeiss Berkeley Brain-MIC, under the direction of Specialist Holly Aaron. The MIC houses 18 major light microscopy systems and servers over 80 labs on campus. There are over 220 active users and we train approximately 10 new users per month. This is one of the largest and most well-known microscopy facilities in the country.

The Staff Research Associate 3 position is essential for maintaining a strong level of support for researchers by increasing staff availability for assistance, providing better equipment maintenance, and decreasing the wait-time for new users to start using the facility.

Key Responsibilities:

20% - Training users: hands-on training on all of the MIC and BRAIN-MIC instruments, follow-up training for more advanced imaging experiments. Teach and train users, and interfaces with the counterparts to maximize the utility of these instruments. Assists researchers in selecting the appropriate instruments based on their imaging needs and advise them on their microscopy protocols.

15% - Protocol development and creation for automated workflows on the slide scanners and CD7: including collaborations and coordination with Partners. Integrates these new instruments into the MIC, developing protocols for optimizing data collection.

15% - Advising and assisting users on imaging conditions, sample preparation, image processing, quantification, data management.

15% - Troubleshooting: analyzing and diagnosing problems or failures and implementing fixes or repairs, including interfacing and scheduling service personnel for repairs and preventative maintenance visits. Responsible for the maintenance of the systems, including cleaning which requires in-depth training and knowledge of how the instruments operate.

10% - Seminar, conference and workgroup activities: design, direct and lead workgroup and User Group meetings; creative design for AIM conference materials; coordination of volunteers, content-checking, and on-site conference management for AIM; organization and planning for smaller seminars and demonstrations throughout the year.

10% - Grant writing and assisting: assist in writing grants for an NIH S10 Shared Instrumentation Grant for approximately $500,000 to replace a workhorse laser scanning confocal instrument. Works with faculty, users, and vendors to produce the necessary data and project statements

5% - Managing Laboratory Assistants and Interns.

5% - Administrative duties: day-to-day laboratory management, ordering, scheduling, and maintaining databases and records. Updates to website, social media, etc. Computer and data management.

5% - Outreach and education. Consolidates and curates educational content from the MIC as well as online sources to serve as resources for the users on everything from sample preparation, to filter choices, to optics and lasers, as well as tutorials on all of the technology available at the MIC.

Required Qualifications
  • 5+ year's experience in light microscopy, especially confocal laser scanning microscopy, spinning disk microscopy, and automated imaging systems, such as a slide scanner
  • 3-5 years' experience with commercial microscope system, especially Zeiss, Nikon, and 3i.
  • Well-versed in multiple software packages for image acquisition (Zeiss Zen, Nikon Elements, Slidebook)
  • Fluent in software packages for image analysis (FIJI, Imaris, arivis, napari)
  • Experience in cell culture, transfections, staining, and live cell imaging.
  • Must be extremely reliable and responsible.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to interact with all levels of researchers from various ethnic and scientific backgrounds, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, non-scientific colleagues, vendors, and service personnel.
  • Excellent ability to follow directions, pay attention to detail, and keep careful records.
  • Ability to make informed decisions; Experience trouble-shooting; Must be able to work independently.
  • Must be pro-active and service-oriented; Patience and attention to detail are required.
  • Computer proficiency with both Windows and Mac environments, including cross-platform
  • Adeptness in MS Word, Excel, etc., and excellent written and verbal presentation skills are essential.
  • Experience in a research laboratory or core facility is essential.
  • Must be safety minded


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience writing grants; drive to educate and teach users; interest in outreach and diversity
  • Formal training in theory and practice of microscopy and sample preparation are highly desirable.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and experience; Coursework in biological sciences or engineering preferred.
  • Master's degree preferred


Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $65,777.97 - $90,277.06.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

This is a hybrid position, with up to 10% remote work eligibility.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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