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Clinical Sequencing SRA2 (9617C) 25346

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA ~ November 18, 2021

Clinical Sequencing SRA2 (9617C) 25346

About Berkeley


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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 https://strategicplan.berkeley.edu/guiding-values-and-principles/, our https://diversity.berkeley.edu/principles-community, and https://strategicplan.berkeley.edu/https://strategicplan.berkeley.edu


Departmental Overview


The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a non-profit, academic research organization formed through the partnership of UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, and located on the UC Berkeley campus. A key focus of the IGI is accelerating translation of CRISPR-based approaches to address real-world problems in human health, agriculture, and climate.


The IGI clinical laboratory performs diagnostic testing of respiratory specimens from the UC Berkeley campus and Bay Area community groups, including first responders and safety net clinics. The clinical laboratory seeks a research assistant to join the team in performing SARS-CoV-2 RT-qPCR testing, and to be a key member of a newer effort in performing SARS-CoV-2 variant calling, via next-generation sequencing (NGS).


The IGI is committing to hiring researchers who want to work in a high-performing culture. The IGI is interested in candidates who will contribute to our commitment to excellence, diversity, and inclusion in academia. The IGI is also interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off for family/personal reasons, or excelled in careers outside academia.


Application Review Date


The First Review Date for this job is: 10/28/2021




The RT-qPCR testing pipeline includes receiving and accessioning patient samples, using robotics to plate samples and extract RNA, and analyzing amplification data for samples and controls. The NGS effort involves identifying positive samples, using robotics to consolidate RNA into plates, and using basic molecular biology techniques to generate high-quality libraries for sequencing. The employee may also participate in reporting viral variant results to local public health departments.


This employee will assist with general laboratory supplies, equipment maintenance, and quality assurance protocols. They will gain experience working with protected health information, a laboratory information management system (LIMS), liquid handling robots, NGS, and with providing laboratory-based healthcare to our local community and campus. This position will also involve assisting in the Center for Translational Genomics (CTG) Sequencing Core, including preparing libraries for NGS.


Key Responsibilities:


Prepare NGS libraries


  • Reverse transcription, amplification, purification, and quantitation Loading sequencers


Sample processing for RT-qPCR diagnostic tests


  • Evaluate samples according to acceptance criteria
  • Process samples using Sarstedt decapper and Hamilton liquid handlers
  • Perform and Analyze RT-qPCR


Documentation & General


  • Make records of any deviation to written processes in the LIMS
  • Assist with proficiency testing and safety inspections
  • Maintenance of laboratory inventory
  • LIMS interactions and Protected Health Information handling
  • Adhere to rigid rejection criteria and safety guidelines


Required Qualifications


  • Experience with general laboratory techniques
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques: DNA/RNA extraction, PCR and qPCR
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a technical team
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet daily deadlines in a fast-paced facility setting.
  • Bachelor's Degree in molecular biology, or equivalent experience / training.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience working BSL2 facility
  • Experience with basic molecular and cellular biology techniques
  • Experience working in a core or resource facility setting
  • Experience with NGS library preparation and/or analysis
  • CLS license preferred for all staff working in a clinical laboratory setting.
  • Advanced Degree in molecular biology or similar.


Salary & Benefits


Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.

To find the salary range for this position please visit: http://tcs.ucop.edu/tcs/jsp/nonAcademicTitlesSearch.htm. Use the numeric title code in the Job Posting (listed in parenthesis) to enter into the title code field on the TCS website. Click search and then click on the title code link for the Berkeley Campus (BKCMP).

To review salary placement guidelines by years of experience please visit: http://hr.berkeley.edu/compensation-benefits/compensation/salary-and-pay/non-represented.


For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:




How to Apply


Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.


Other Information


100% FTE (full-time)


Limited appointment type with 12-month duration


The automatic conversion to career status, as provided in Section B.3. above, will not occur when: c. The funding for the position is "one-time" funding, of eighteen months or less, or the employee was hired specifically to work on a short-term project lasting no more than one year.


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 see:



For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:



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