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  • Laboratory Technician in Berkeley, CA

    Austin Spence
    • Employer: UC Davis
      Location: Berkeley, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Title: Laboratory technician

    Description: We are seeking one microbiologist, cell biologist or molecular biologist to work from mid-January to mid-March to complete laboratory work in the Albany/Berkeley, California area. Our Center for Produce Safety funded project is focused on exploring the connection between avian communities that reside on leafy-green farms and how this may affect food safety via disease transmission. The primary objective of the laboratory technician is to use molecular methods to find pathogen prevalence in previously collected avian samples. The lab technician will use standard laboratory techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis with samples collected from the Central Valley and Central Coast of California.

    Minimum qualifications:

    1.     Previous experience extracting DNA from environmental samples

    2.     Ability to perform PCR and agarose gel electrophoresis and make biological culture media

    3.     Ability to cultivate and quantify bacteria from environmental samples

    4.     Comfortable working independently with minimal supervision.

    5.     Ability to follow standardized protocols and carefully record and enter data.

    6.     Professional, clear communication skills to coordinate with supervisor.

    Preferred qualifications:

    1.     Experience with biological safety level 2 microorganisms (i.e., Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, and Listeria monocytogenes)


    Duration: This position is expected to last at least 3 months, and we are open for extensions.

    Wage: Approximately $20.14-$22.50 per hour depending on experience. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), limited-term appointment through the University of California, Davis but is physically located in Albany, California.

    To apply: Email a single document (PDF preferred) including (1) a brief cover letter describing previous microbiology, cell biology, or molecular biology research experience, (2) a resume or CV, and (3) contact information for two references to Austin Spence (arspence@ucdavis.edu). Include “[Last name] – Avian agroecology laboratory technician” in the subject line.

    Closing date: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

    The Karp Lab is committed to maintaining a supportive, inclusive, and safe scientific environment in the laboratory and the field. Applicants will receive field safety standards and training. Applicants from historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

    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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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