Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Research Specialist - Meyer Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Berkeley, United States

We have an opportunity for a Research Specialist to join the laboratory of Dr. Barbara Meyer on-site at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. The Meyer laboratory carries out pioneering research on the mechanisms of cell-fate determination, genome editing, the role of chromosome structure and modification in gene regulation, and the molecular evolution of chromosome-wide mechanisms of gene control in the nematode C. elegans, with an emphasis on X-chromosome dosage compensation. Approaches include genetics, genomics, single-molecule imaging, and structural studies including X-ray crystallography. More information about the Meyer lab can be found here:

We are looking for an individual who seeks full-time employment and enjoys the excitement of a world-class scientific laboratory and welcomes the challenge of an energetic environment that maintains a strong commitment to collegiality and teaching. The Research Specialist will perform independent research requiring excellent application of professional judgment, interpretation of experimental results, innovation of new approaches, and preparation of research for presentation and publication.

Principal Responsibilities:
•     Perform genetic, molecular, genomic, and single-molecule experiments and analysis (including CRISPR-mediated genome editing, ChIP-qPCR, ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, Hi-C, and single-molecule imaging) for research projects.

•     Identify methodological problems in research protocols and assist in implementing modifications to optimize experimental results.

•     Use software applications to analyze Illumina and other high-throughput data and assist others in data analysis.

•     Prepare and present written or oral progress reports, including assembly, organization, and interpretation of data.

•     Train others in complex technical protocols.

•     Conduct literature reviews to determine suitable research methods.

•     Operate and help maintain common lab equipment.

•     Ph.D. in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, or Biochemistry is required.

•     At least 2-5 years of postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred.

•     Experience with bioinformatics.

•     In-depth knowledge of molecular biology and genetics.

•     Ability to make sound decisions based on knowledge and experience.

•     Ability to make research presentations and draft research manuscripts.

•     Ability to review data and information critically.

•     Ability to develop innovative procedures to achieve goals.

Application Instructions:
Please make sure to include the following materials all together in one PDF to be considered:
•    Complete CV with list of publications.
•    Names and contact information of three professional references.
•    Brief description of prior research.

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.

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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: R-250