Assistant Project Scientist in Drosophila Molecular Genetics
University of California Berkeley Biological Sciences
United States

Assistant Project Scientist (Step III – VI) in Drosophila Molecular Genetics – Molecular and Cell Biology – Hariharan Lab

Job #JPF02580
  • College of Letters & Science - Biological Sciences - Molecular & Cell Biology

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 6th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jun 8, 2020 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.



The Hariharan Lab at the University of California, Berkeley uses Drosophila to investigate the mechanisms that regulate tissue growth and regeneration. The individual will be expected to conduct a research project that investigates growth and regeneration of the Drosophila imaginal disc. Therefore the person will conduct genetic experiments in Drosophila that involve the setting up, execution and interpretation of genetic crosses. Many experiments involve the dissection of Drosophila larval tissues, their analysis by immunohistochemistry and visualization using confocal microscopy. The individual will use molecular techniques such as PCR and cloning to generate transgenic Drosophila lines and analyze mutants generated using CRISP-Cas9. The individual will use dissociated imaginal disc cells to generate single-cell RNA seq data and use computational methods (using python and R) to analyze data. The hired person will prepare data for verbal presentation and figures and manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. The person must be able to conduct research in a collaborative environment with an appreciation for lab safety and an environment that values equity, inclusion and diversity. So long as the physical distancing and work-at-home restrictions are in place, the individual will be required to work remotely, primarily to analyze data from single-cell RNAseq experiments and to prepare those data for publication. It is anticipated, that as those restrictions are eased, the person will conduct experiments as allowed.

Basic Qualifications (At the time of application):

A PhD or equivalent international degree.

Additional Qualifications (By start date):

A publication record.

Preferred Qualifications:

Postdoctoral experience in Drosophila genetics. Evidence of high-quality publications in areas of relevance to the project. Proficiency in Drosophila genetics, molecular biology, single-cell RNA sequencing and computational analysis of data.


This position reports to Iswar Hariharan. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Salary and Benefits:

This position provides full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Assistant Project Scientist salary scale.

To Apply:


Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Iswar Hariharan, Professor (

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


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
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