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      University of California, Berkeley

      Associate Specialist Step I-IV – Genetics, Genomics and Development – Molecular and Cell Biology

      Recruitment Period
      Open date: September 29th, 2015

      Next review date: October 16th, 2015
      Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

      Final date: October 30th, 2015

      Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

      The UC Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology Department is seeking to hire an Associate Specialist to research and develop microscopes to image 3D nucleoplasmic organization in live cells and tissues. The main responsibility of the successful candidate will be to work with world- class researchers at UC Berkeley.

      -Develop new imaging modalities and optimize imaging techniques dedicated to 3D imaging and single particle tracking.
      -Design, build and maintain new optical settings.
      -Assist with building a light sheet illumination system to image single molecules in the nucleus of cells.
      -Using adaptive optics, optimize the wave front in order to improve this technique.
      -Be involved in the applications of these tools for biology; collaborate with postdocs and graduate students on specific projects.
      -Train and assist students and researchers in the use of microscopes.
      -Perform routine maintenance and re-alignment/optimization on various imaging systems (PALM/STORM, Multifocus microscope, light sheet microscope, epi-fluoresence)
      -Train and assist users with their imaging tasks
      -Participate in the design, development, and alignment of new imaging systems
      -General organization and management of imaging facilities (inventory, ordering, safety, record keeping, etc.)

      Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application):
      Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in Biological Science, Physics, Engineering or related field.
      Applicant must have 4-5 years of experience in a laboratory setting.

      Additional Qualifications (by start date):
      -Theory and hands-on experience with Super-localization microscopy (PALM/STORM), TIRF, light-sheet, FISH, adaptive optics.
      -Experience with commercial microscopes and control and image analysis software (e.g.: micromanager, Elements, ImageJ, Labview, Matlab, Python)
      -Optical system design, alignment, and integration
      -Ability to work on a large number of projects simultaneously
      -Ability to talk to various sales-representatives and manage large orders
      -Must be able to lift and maneuver at least 40lbs of weight and work in tight places

      Preferred Qualifications (by start date):
      -Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Biology, or a related field
      -Experience in Tissue culture and specimen preparation Live cell Imaging
      -Experience with programming (C++, Labview, MATLAB, python)
      -Experience with electronics (make simple circuits, soldering, wiring, etc.)

      This appointment will report to Xavier Darzacq. 100% for 1 year with expectation of extension based on performance and availability of funding.
      The approximate start date of this position will be January 2, 2016.

      Salary: $52,344-$63,012, 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 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.

      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.

      Department Contact: Veronica Potts can be reached by email at

      This recruitment will remain open until filled.

      “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.


      • Updated Curriculum Vitae
      • Cover Letter

      References1-3 references required (contact information only)

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