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Research Specialist- Moisés Expósito-Alonso Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Berkeley, California
$73,680.00 - $119,760.00
Closing date
21 Nov 2023

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

We are looking for a Research Specialist to join Dr. Moisés Expósito-Alonso at our University of California at Berkeley location. Moisés Expósito-Alonso investigates the genetic processes driving plant species adaptation in response to new environments caused by climate change. Centered on the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana, Expósito Alonso’s team integrates long-term evolution through experiments in field sites worldwide with genomics to understand the speed and predictability of rapid evolution. By employing genetics and synthetic biology approaches based on gene editing, they explore the gene pathways underlying plant climate adaptation. To learn more information about the lab visit

In this role, you will work collaboratively with Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso to coordinate research projects in plant genetics and synthetic biology. We are looking for someone who is highly independent and can run the plant facilities and wet laboratory tasks such as orders, organize projects, conduct gene cloning, DNA extractions, libraries, sequencing, and plant transformation. Manage lab safety programs to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. Use software applications to assemble, manipulate, format and/or perform statistical analyses of complex data in collaboration with computational biologists in the lab.

What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package, with comprehensive health and welfare benefits.

  • Successful projects in which the candidate participates may lead to authorship on scientific publications.

  • A deeper understanding of evolutionary and molecular biology. 

  • Hands on training on molecular biology, genetics and genomics techniques and computational analyses.

  • One-on-one mentorship.

  • A vibrant and inclusive cultural environment.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage day-to-day activities within the research laboratory, including such activities as insuring operation of essential equipment, making sure adequate supplies are available for routine experimental procedures, reviewing budgets, etc. 

  • Act as liaison between lab and HHMI and host institution administrative offices on issues such as budget management, fixed asset inventories, compliance, purchasing, use of host accounts, etc.

  • Develop laboratory guidelines; maintain procedures manuals; and /or evaluate new materials and equipment.

  • Train incoming personnel in proper lab conduct.  May train others in technical areas and complex processes. 

  • Carry out and/or coordinate research projects. Set up and evaluate new laboratory techniques and capacity.

  • Plan for and provide working supervision to the work of Research Technicians, Graduate Students, or other laboratory personnel.

  • Establishes a positive atmosphere towards growth of lab trainees.

What you bring:

  • A Master of Science degree, preferably PhD degree in life or physical sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.

  • One year of experience as a Research Specialist I or equivalent (Five years of related work experience).

  • Technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaborative ability as well as independent thought.

  • In-depth knowledge of multiple areas and of the underlying principles and concepts. Frequently addressed by colleagues within their institution to obtain specialized information.

  • Ability to develop innovative processes to achieve goals such as bringing new techniques or improving efficiency and throughput of current protocols.

  • Directs others to develop essential tasks. Reviews work activities to determine where new information could improve processes or move project forward.

  • Ability to write and prepare reports or manuscripts for presentation to large audiences.

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.

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