Associate Specialist Step I- IV Biochemistry – Molecular and

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      University of California, Berkeley

      Associate Specialist Step I- IV Biochemistry – Molecular and Cell Biology

      Associate Specialist:

      The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley is seeking a highly motivated individual to carry out research in Neurobiology


      The main responsibility of the successful candidate will be to work on the neural circuit mechanics underlying variation in a simple escape behavior of zebrafish. Research aims to determine the mechanisms that underlie behavior variation between individuals. Specifically, the Associate Specialist will explore how signaling pathways initiated by neuromodulatory G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) modulate the properties of neuronal networks to increase behavioral diversity in animal populations. The lab is exploring the genetic architecture of behavioral variability.

      Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application): Ph.D., or equivalent degree, in Molecular and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, or related field.

      Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):

      A minimum of two years postdoctoral experience in a laboratory setting using advanced microscopy and analysis techniques. Must have experience in zebrafish husbandry and transgenesis.

      Preferred Qualifications (By start date):

      5 years of experience in experimental research in neuroscience. Required skills include: set-up and analysis of zebrafish behavioral experiments, zebrafish husbandry and transgenesis techniques, and experience with molecular biology techniques. Must be have strong working knowledge of statistics and image analysis using MATLAB, ImageJ, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Must have expert level skills in confocal, 2-p and epifluorescence microscopy. Strong mentoring skills will be necessary to co- mentor and/or train undergraduate and graduate students


      This position reports to Dr. Ehud Isacoff. The approximate start date for this position will be January 2016.

      Salary: $53,124 – $63.960 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 at least 3-5 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.)

      Department Contact: Becca Schatz –

      Initial review date is November 17, 2015; please apply by this date to receive full consideration. 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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