Research Support
BE-Biological Systems & Eng
92977 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL), Biological Systems and Engineering Division has an opening for a Research Associate.


The Research Associate will support scientists and senior research associates involved in genetic engineering, functional genomics, control of gene expression, studies of heterochromatin, characterization of cDNAs, sequencing and high-throughput production of proteomics resources.  The Research Associate will perform semi-routine research assignments including molecular biological procedures, data collection and processing of data along with minimal analysis, and sample preparation.


What You Will Do:

  • Genetically engineer and validate the genomes of microorganisms.
  • Isolate DNA using commercial and non-commercial protocols and kits.
  • Perform high-throughput DNA sequencing related protocols including, but not limited to, sequencing reaction setup, reaction cleanup, and sample loading on automated DNA analyzers.
  • Isolate novel cDNA clones through multiple PCR-based strategies.
  • Query databases to identify targets for capture, sequencing, mutagenesis, and cloning.
  • Perform general molecular biological and microbiological protocols.
  • Use recombination-based strategies, including Gateway™and Cre-Lox methods, to move cloned ORF’s into a variety of donor and expression vectors.
  • Minimal computational analysis of sequence data using industry-standard analysis tools.
  • Analyze results and troubleshoot problems to ensure uninterrupted and reliable production.
  • Maintain accurate notebook of experiments performed.
  • Update production databases in a timely fashion.
  • Conduct routine housekeeping and restock materials in laboratory areas on an as needed basis.
  • Maintain work area in compliance with LBNL environmental, health and safety regulations.
  • Maintain current knowledge of genomics by attending the group journal club.
  • Report progress and experimental results at weekly group meetings.
  • Maintain and organize frozen clone libraries, including preparing shipments for collaborating laboratories.

What is Required:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology or related field preferred and up to a few years related experience.
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques including DNA sequencing, PCR, DNA isolation and preparation, gel electrophoresis, transformations, cloning, and restriction enzyme analysis
  • Careful data and sample management skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member, as well as individually.


 Desired Qualifications:


  • Experience working in a Biological Safety Cabinet.
  • Microbiology experience.
  • Familiarity with UNIX, Windows, and Macintosh operating systems.
  • Structured Query Languages (SQL).
  • Ability to multi-task.



  • This is a full time, term appointment with a hard end date of 5/31/2022. There is the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • 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.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) — Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.


Learn about us!

Biological Systems and Engineering Division

Vision: To lead efforts that combine the power of biology with the tools of engineering to develop sustainable energy and biomanufacturing solutions and improve human health.

Mission: Advance a mechanistic and predictive understanding of complex biological systems over multiple scales in terms of their responses to manipulation, stress, disease and environmental challenges and translate this knowledge using engineering principles to develop resilient systems, tools, and processes for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals, materials, tissues, and therapeutics.


Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.


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.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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