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Research Technician II- Berkeley

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, Berkeley
May 26, 2023
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HHMI is focused on supporting and moving science forward in a variety of different ways ranging from conducting basic biomedical research, empowering educators, inspiring students, developing the next generation of scientists - even stretching into film and media production. Our Headquarters is in the greater Washington, DC metro area and is home to over 300 employees with expertise in investments, communications, digital production, biomedical sciences, and everything in between. The work housed here supports and augments the groundbreaking research conducted in HHMI labs across the nation. As HHMI scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your contributions while working here are making a difference.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, scientifically curiousResearch Technician IIto work at our University of California, Berkeley location.

The ideal candidate is an organized, detail-oriented individual who will be responsible for working with Ph.D. scientists to understand key areas of developmental gene regulation and cell-fate specification, including chromosome structure and its relationship to chromatin modification and gene expression during embryo development. Previous research technicians from the lab have been co-authors on major scientific publications and have gained acceptance to prestigious graduate and/or medical programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You will be contacted by a member of our Recruitment team if your skills and experience appear to be a match when a role opens.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Perform genetic, molecular, and genomic experiments in combination with genome editing for ongoing research projects investigating cell-fate determination and chromosome-wide regulation of gene expression C. elegans.

  • Assist scientists and technicians by performing various research procedures and operating a variety of instruments and other scientific equipment.

  • Collect, record, organize and verify the accuracy of data; perform calculations and prepare charts, graphs, and reports. Will use software applications to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and test reports.

  • Operate laboratory apparatus and instruments; read and record instrument data; tabulate data; keep laboratory records.

  • Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions.

  • Will maintain nematodes, and bacterial cultures for experimental purposes.

  • Stay current in research area through applicable literature.



  • A bachelor's degree in biology or a related discipline is required.


  • 2 years of previous hands-on laboratory experience is required along with a strong understanding of molecular biology and eukaryotic genetics.

  • Previous hands-on experience with molecular biology techniques and genetic analysis is required.

  • Previous experience with C. elegans genetics would be a plus.

  • Previous experience with computational analysis of genomics and imaging data would be a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.

  • Superior organizational skills, prioritization skills, time management skills, and meticulous attention to detail.

  • Proficient computer skills. Some knowledge in programming using python and/R would be ideal.

  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.

  • Ability to follow instruction with an eagerness to learn, grow professionally, and be

  • Ability to interact positively with all levels of staff.

  • Ability to work efficiently, be adaptable, and be self-motivated.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation Range

$21.56 (minimum) - $26.97 (midpoint) - $35.05 (maximum)

Pay Type: Hourly

HHMI's salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.

Compensation and Benefits

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