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Associate Specialist, Step I-II • Microbiology, Immunology • Molecular and Cell Biology

  • University of California Berkeley
  • 01/04/20
  • Berkeley, CA
  • 94704
  • $54,744 - $58,548 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Associate Specialist, Step I-II • Microbiology, Immunology • Molecular and Cell Biology

The Portnoy lab in the department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley seeks an Associate Specialist. The goals of the Portnoy lab are to research the molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis. We are looking for a motivated Associate Specialist with enthusiasm and necessary skills to tackle these problems using multidisciplinary approaches combining expertise in microbiology, immunology, cell biology, and mouse genetics.


Independent research on the plasma membrane protein trafficking and degradation inside eukaryotic cells.
Generate and analyze gene edited cell line and mice using CRISPR/Cas9.
Tissue culture and molecular biology, including preparation of samples for RNAseq and flow cytometry
Evaluate the humoral and cellular immune responses after infection or vaccination
Supervision of undergraduate researchers

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application): Bachelors degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, or related.

Additional Qualifications Required (by start date): The successful candidate will have at least five years of post graduate laboratory/research employment. Candidate must have expertise with analysis of inflammasome biology, including analysis of cytokines and eicosanoids, intestinal epithelial cells, generation of cell line/ mice using CRISPR/Cas9, cell culture, flow cytometry, mouse husbandry and genetics, infectious disease mouse models.

Preferred Qualifications (by start date): Ph.D (or equivalent degree) in Molecular / Cell Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, or related. Excellent communication skills and careful attention to details.

Appointment: This position reports to Dr. Daniel Portnoy. The initial appointment is for eight months. The approximate start date of this position will be November 1, 2017.

Salary: $54,744 - $58,548 at 100% time, depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

To apply:

Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for between 1 • 3 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position and a cover letter. (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).

Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Sabastian Belser, HR Partner,

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.

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