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Research Assistant

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road

California, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Climate and Ecosystem Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is hiring a Research Assistant to conduct innovative research on degrading recalcitrant carbon. Under supervision, you'll help design enrichment media, monitor growth, assay metabolites, and utilize DNA-based tools to identify communities and isolates.

What You Will Do:

  • Assist with sampling from different environments.
  • Process samples in the laboratory for analysis of DNA metabolites.
  • Assist with the development of enrichment media and metabolic assays with related chemical stocks preparation .
  • Monitor microbial growth and depletion of carbon and other metabolites.
  • Share results and data on shared systems.
  • Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook of all work performed.
  • Maintain standards of cleanliness of the work area and a safe and productive work area for research.

What is Required:

  • Experience in working with soil and sediment.
  • Experience in performing assays to characterize microbial metabolites.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to demonstrate persistent effort of work (e.g. determination).
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in enrichment of soil and sediment microbes.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, and basic statistics.


  • This is a full-time 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
  • The full hourly range for this position is $21.79 - $31.69. The hourly rate for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group.
  • 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.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by the University of California and designated a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a close relationship with UC Berkeley, as well as robust partnerships with other academic institutions and industries, including those in Silicon Valley. The Laboratory conducts world-class research that supports clean energy, a healthy planet, and solution-inspired discovery science. Berkeley Lab is defined by our deeply felt sense of stewardship, which we describe as a commitment to taking care of the Laboratory's research, people, and resources that are entrusted to us. Our values of team science, innovation, service, trust, and respect knit us together as a community. We practice these values and prioritize our principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA) to build highly effective teams that produce world-class science and technology and where all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences, can thrive.

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.

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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