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Research Associate

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road

California, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

Berkeley Lab’s (LBNL) Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division (MBIB) has an opening for a Research Associate to join the Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology (BSISB) imaging program!

The Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology (BSISB) imaging program is a national user program that offers specialized experimental capabilities that make use of the high-intensity (bright) synchrotron radiation produced by the Advanced Light Source (ALS) — a ring-shaped particle accelerator — to study organisms and biomaterials at spatial dimensions smaller than the eye can see.

In this exciting role, you will perform semi-routine biotechnology research and development assignments including, equipment preparation, equipment calibration, sample preparation, microscopy, and keeping a lab organized.

This position has an anticipated start date of August 5, 2024.

What You Will Do:

  • Perform semi-routine research assignments such as preparing instruments, preparing samples, maintaining bench top experiments, collecting and processing data.
  • Perform semi-routine operation assignments such as maintaining equipment, maintaining standard operating procedures (SOPs), maintaining lab organization and ordering lab supplies.
  • Practice Integrated Safety Management (ISM) in all work aspects and adhere to Work Planning & Control Activities protocols.
  • Participate in group meetings.
  • Maintain an accurate and detailed scientific notebook and/or e-notebook of experiments performed, sufficient to ensure other members will be able to replicate the results based on the notebook contents.

What is Required:

  • A minimum of 1 year of relevant lab experience performing research techniques in the areas of Chemistry, Biology, and/or Biotechnology.
  • Strong chemistry and biochemistry skills including troubleshooting issues, understanding standard operating procedures (SOP), preparing instruments, and preparing and collecting samples.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer and related software programs including MS Office Suite, Google Applications, Adobe Acrobat, and Zoom video conferencing.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to accurately organize, document, and maintain laboratory research data, results, and records.
  • Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of microscopy techniques and/or image analysis techniques.
  • Familiarity with data analysis software.


  • For full consideration, please apply with a resume by July 19, 2024.
  • This is a full-time career appointment, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • This position is expected to pay $24.46 - $31.18 per hour which fits within the full salary range of $24.46 - $37.88 per hour for job code 381.1. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification 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.
  • This position will be performed onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720.
  • This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.
  • This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Learn About Us:

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 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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 committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments.

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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