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Company: University of California
Location: United States of America
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL), Biological Systems and Engineering Division has an opening for a Research Associate.


With oversight from the supervisor, the Research Associate will work in the Biological Systems and Engineering Division to provide support to scientists and senior research associates involved in testing a new personal protective equipment (PPE) sterilization device. The Research Associate will perform semi-routine research assignments including microbiological procedures, data collection and processing of data along with minimal analysis, and sample preparation.



What You Will Do:

  • Culture microorganisms, including pathogens, and measure the bactericidal efficiency the sterilization device.
  • Measure the effects on organismal growth with and without sterilization.
  • Perform general molecular biological and microbiological protocols.
  • Minimal computational analysis of data using industry-standard analysis tools.
  • Troubleshoot problems to ensure uninterrupted and reliable production.
  • Maintain accurate notebook of experiments performed.
  • Update production databases in a timely fashion.
  • Conduct routine housekeeping and restock materials in laboratory areas on an as needed basis.
  • Maintain work area in compliance with LBNL environmental, health and safety regulations.
  • Report progress and experimental results at weekly group meetings.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment.


What is Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field preferred or equivalent work experience
  • Experience with the culturing and colony plating of microorganisms
  • Careful data and sample management skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to work as a team member, as well as individually


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Microbiology experience
  • Familiarity with UNIX, Windows, and Macintosh operating systems
  • Structured Query Languages (SQL)
  • Ability to multi-task



  • This is a full time, 6 month, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) — Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.


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Biological Systems and Engineering Division




Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab-


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab 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. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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