Job Requisition Number: 23690. The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is one of UC Berkeley?s largest academic departments and is by several measures (including number of the faculty and students, budget, and assigned square feet), larger than many UCB colleges and schools. MCB is divided into five divisions: Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology (BBS); Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB); Genetics, Genomics & Development (GGD); Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P); and Neurobiology (NEU). The teaching and research activities of the Department of MCB concern the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms.
This position?s primary responsibilities encompass delivery of support to the undergraduate Genetics, Genomics and Development Laboratory course (MCB 140L) and Neuroanatomy Laboratory course (MCB163L), which serves up to four laboratory sections of approximately 100 students, two times per week. The incumbent is responsible for the organization and preparation of the GG&D and NEU teaching laboratories. The incumbent develops and modifies laboratory experiments, meets with faculty, graduate student instructors (GSIs), and staff on a regular basis to demonstrate experiments and discuss lab preparation, supervises the setup of laboratories by the Lab Assistant III/Staff Research Associate I, is responsible for the performance and maintenance of electronic/physiological equipment, and performs highly specialized techniques to prepare biological materials for use in the teaching laboratories.
This position has a direct impact on the quality of educational experience of undergraduate students majoring in Genetics, Genomics, and Development (GG&D); and Neurobiology (NEU). The candidate has to plan and coordinate daily lab exercises. These activities include preparation, care and maintenance of specimens and cultures, maintenance of laboratory facilities, assembly and organization of experimental materials and equipment; performance of classroom demonstrations; maintenance of laboratory facilities, equipment, and instruments; ordering of lab materials and supplies, design and troubleshooting of student lab exercises and preparation procedures. If the incumbent fails to perform preparation tasks correctly, if equipment fails and is unable to be repaired in time to complete experiments, if courses do not have supplies available when needed, or if experiments are not performed correctly, impacted classes will not be able to successfully realize their teaching goals?either the laboratory experiment would stop, or students would fail to achieve any results from their experiments. This has a direct bearing on the overall quality of instruction provided by MCB, reflects on our standing with other National Universities, and impacts the reputation of the College of Letters and Science and the University of California at Berkeley.Knowledge/Skills: ?Demonstrated advanced knowledge of and extensive skills in a combination of neurobiology, electrophysiology, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and development. ?Demonstrated experience working with electrophysiology instrumentation, Immunohistochemistry, tissue preparation (perfusions, cryostat slicing) and staining. ?Demonstrated experience with and ability to perform the following techniques unassisted from provided protocols, and trouble shoot problems when needed, with results of adequate quality for use in class: maintenance and propagation of E. coli, DNA/RNA preparations, protein purification, affinity chromatography, agarose and acrylamide-gel electrophoresis, Western Blot, optical/video microscopy, fluorescent antibody staining, image capture, DNA restriction digests, transformation, gene cloning, genetic screen, DNA sequence analysis, isolation, characterization , and complementation of auxotrophic mutation of yeast, mutation induction, mutations and suppression, RNAi experiments in C. elegans, fluorescence imaging, and genetic suppression and complementation experiments. PCR and electrophysiology techniques. Familiar with C. elegans and yeast systems. ?Experience in using and maintaining a wide variety of instruments and equipment, including spectrophotometers, oscilloscopes, thermal cyclers, light/fluorescence microscopes, and centrifuges; and ability to clearly and concisely explain their use to graduate and undergraduate students. ?Proficiency with computer and information management systems, including but not limited: Word, Excel, Photoshop software, and scientific program used by the course. ?Demonstrated independent judgment, critical thinking, and strong organizational and analytical skills. Strong problem solving skills and the ability to define issues clearly and propose suitable alternatives when primary activities do not go as planned. ?Effective oral and written communication skills, and ability to develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with faculty, students, supervisors, and team members. Ability to consistently exercise a high degree of professionalism in relating to students, graduate student instructors, faculty, and co-workers. ?Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, resourcefulness, and creative approaches to unique problems, as well as an understanding of the wider context in which these problems must be addressed. ?Demonstrated understanding and ability to stay abreast, of rapidly changing technology and tools, and the ability to effectively forecast and incorporate emerging technological advances into the course planning process. ?Ability to work well under time pressure.
Education/Training: ?Advanced degree in Genetics, Genomics, and Development; Neurobiology; Molecular and Cell Biology; or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a limited appointment, and the expected duration is 12/1/2017 to 5/31/2018. Per Article 31, the automatic conversion to career status, as provided in Section B.2. above, will not occur when: An employee who was hired as a replacement for another person who is on an extended leave that exceeds one thousand (1,000) hours.
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