Research Technician, UC Berkeley

The Blackman Laboratory in the Departments of Plant & Microbial Biology and Integrative Biology requires a Staff Research Associate II to assist with research in evolutionary and ecological developmental genetics using sunflower and monkeyflower as study systems. Research in the lab focuses on how and why plant developmental responses to environmental cues evolve during domestication, adaptation, and speciation.

The position involves a combination of research and lab management responsibilities. Research duties include planning and executing greenhouse, growth chamber, and field studies; molecular and biochemical work (e.g. DNA/RNA extraction, genotyping, qRT-PCR, sequencing library construction); computational analysis; and training and supervising students or volunteers.


Required Qualifications

  • Must be able to perform sterile techniques, prepare media, carry out basic procedures associated with DNA amplification and sequencing, be able to work in a greenhouse, manage data sets utilizing Excel, and follow research protocols and regulatory guidelines with exactness.
  • Must be able to train and supervise student workers and coordinate student work schedules.
  • Good baseline knowledge of genetics, plant biology, and evolutionary biology is essential.
  • Must have strong organizational, computer, and communication skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Drive tools.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in daily interactions is necessary in order to work independently and as part of a team and provide direct support to leaders as needed; and to assist in training, provide work direction, prepare reports, and keep records.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree and at least 2 years of lab experience which may include student experience; or Bachelor’s degree in related science; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience using packages relating to statistics, image analysis, phylogeny, sequence alignment, and bioinformatics.
  • Experience building libraries for next-generation sequencing.
  • Experience conducting field experiments with plants.


Salary and Benefits

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


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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:


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying at, posting # 43468


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