Assistant Researcher in Biology
University of California Berkeley
United States

Assistant Researcher in Biology

Job #JPF04029
  • Plant & Microbial Biology / College of Natural Resources / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Junior Specialist, Assistant Specialist
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 - $59,200.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Summer 2023
Position duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: August 5, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Aug 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Sep 6, 2023 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.

Position description

The Plant and Microbial Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Junior Specialist in the lab of Rachel Brem, to study differences between mouse species in the axon extension behaviors of stem cell-derived neurons. The big-picture goal of the Brem lab is to understand the cellular and genetic basis of phenotypic differences between long-diverged species. The current project focuses on differences between species of the Mus genus in the growth and regeneration of axons from neurons, using stem cell models. The project is a collaboration between the Brem lab at UC Berkeley and the lab of James Dutton at the Stem Cell Institute of the University of Minnesota.

The incumbent will work with a Ph.D. level collaborator on experiments testing the hypothesis that stem cell derived neurons from mouse species differ with respect to axon extension, and for investigating the mechanistic basis. This will involve culturing induced pluripotent stem cells from multiple mouse strains and species; differentiating them into neurons; transcriptionally profiling neurons and stem cells; culturing neurons in Campenot chambers in a variety of conditions; imaging and quantifying neurite outgrowth. These experiments will be carried out under the supervision of senior collaborators. Likewise, data analysis will be done on a joint basis between the incumbent and senior mentors. The incumbent will keep detailed records of experiments performed and conclusions made, and will communicate results orally and through lab notebook records. Ultimately the incumbent will contribute to primary research manuscripts reporting the findings from the study.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in Bachelor's degree program (or international equivalent).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent international degree).

Preferred qualifications

Experience with stem cell culture and differentiation, in vitro culture and assays of neurons, genome editing of stem cells.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 1-2 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley 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:

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As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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