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BS-BioSciences Area Office
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89563 Requisition #

Berkeley Lab’s BioSciences Area Office has an opening for a Technical Assistant. You will perform routine support tasks of laboratory maintenance for several groups at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), located in Berkeley. The JGI is comprised of highly-skilled and diverse talent founded on a culture of scientific excellence, trust, curiosity, passion, and collaboration that drives our desire to advance scientific frontiers and make bold new discoveries with our users. 

 

What You Will Do:

  • Perform routine laboratory tasks such as washing, drying and sterilizing labware.  

  • Coordinate dishwasher, autoclave, media prep, and pipette tip work.  Assess daily workload for dishwashing, autoclaving, media preparation, and pipette tip filling / autoclaving.

  • Operate industrial autoclaves, washer, and dryer and water distiller systems.

  • Package and sterilize pipette tips.

  • Deliver clean and sterile glassware and plastic ware to the stocking locations.

  • Notify the supervisor if service calls are needed for equipment.

  • Perform some routine administrative work such as filing and photocopying.

  • Quality test autoclaves weekly using two (2) testing methods.

  • Monitor, collect and replace sharps and broken glass collection containers.

  • Maintain storeroom shelf stock and confirm inventory

  • Maintain sink supplies in labs.

  • Maintain a clean and safe work area at all times.

  • Responsible for compliance with environmental health and safety regulations.

  • Maintain an accurate record of all work performed.

  • Prepare stock solutions and buffers using standard protocols.

 

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • May perform additional duties such as collecting waste, distributing supplies, defrosting freezers or scraping -80 degree freezers.

  • May also assist the lab manager(s) in general organization and/or cleaning of laboratory areas.

  • Monitor water stations and refill as required.

  • Monitor all safety glass and shoe cover stations and restock as needed.

 

What Is Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Ability to interact well with different researchers and become familiar with individual cleaning requirements for glassware.  

  • Good communication skills, with the ability to interact with a variety of people. 

  • Strong organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to pay attention to details and keep an accurate record of work completed.

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

  • Able to lift/move 45 lbs., kneel, walk and stand for an extended period of time.

  • Valid CA driver’s license.

 

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiar with basic laboratory procedures, including making solutions, culture media and sterilizing.

  • Good working knowledge of chemical inventory procedures and chemical safety practices.

  • Prior experience using glassware washer and autoclave.

 

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

 

Notes: 

  • This is a full-time career appointment.

  • Non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on collective bargaining agreement step rates.

  • 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 McCone Hall at University of California, Berkeley - 307 McCone Hall, Berkeley 94720-4767


Learn about us:

JGI & Berkeley Lab: A View to Fuel Innovative Science in the Public Interest

They say it’s all about location and Berkeley Lab has it all: a view above the San Francisco Bay, cool breezes, and world-class multidisciplinary science within a diverse and respectful research ecosystem of 5,000 people. Nearly 90 years ago, Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the inventor of the cyclotron, brought physicists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians together in Berkeley above the University of California campus to tackle the most urgent scientific challenges. Today, after garnering 13 Nobel Prizes, Berkeley Lab has sustained and grown that tradition of open, interdisciplinary team science, exemplified by how the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) addresses the most pressing energy and environmental challenges using integrative genome science approaches. JGI takes up residence in the new, state-of-the-art Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) along with the U.S. Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) to expand the frontiers of energy and environmental science in partnership with the worldwide community of researchers. Will you join us and be a critical part of our next ground-breaking discoveries?


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.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab 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. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

 




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