Berkeley Lab's Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division has an opening for a Research Associate. The Research Associate will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team of biophysicists, chemists, and materials scientists working to develop new biological and bio-inspired nanomaterial. Our team designs, synthesizes and characterizes proteins and protein assemblies. These assemblies can serve as scaffolds for catalysis, hierarchical structures with emerging properties, or probes for nanoscale imaging. We characterize proteins using microscopy, atomic force, and X-ray methods.
With close oversight from the supervisor, the Research Associate will be responsible for growing bacterial cultures and purifying recombinant proteins. This task will necessitate the preparation of liquid media, protein engineering using DNA assembly, and protein purification. The Research Associate will also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience of cutting-edge techniques, such as epi-fluorescence, atomic force, super-resolution, confocal microscopy, and protein X-ray footprinting. He/she will be required to carefully document their work in a laboratory notebook and communicate results in group meetings
What You Will Do:
Prepare and maintain bacterial cell cultures
Purify proteins using standard methods
Prepare proteins for fluorescence microscopy and for X-ray irradiation experiments
Participate in collection, processing and analysis of X-ray data and microscopy images
Help maintain safety documentation
Contribute to technical reports and policy support documentation
Provide recommendations for technical enhancements to existing methodologies and lab practices
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Contribute to the writing of manuscripts and proposals
What is Required:
Bachelors degree in microbiology, biochemistry, bioengineering or related field preferred, and up to a few years related experience.
Hands-on experience in cultivating microorganisms, basic molecular biology techniques, and familiarity with standard biological lab equipment
Excellent organization skills and self-motivation
Attention to detail
Ability to perform basic analysis
Good oral and written communication skills
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience with mass spectrometry data
Experience with fluorescence microscopy
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a temporary 5 months limited appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. Cannot exceed 900 hours within a rolling 12-month period.
Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
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.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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