Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Research Technician I - King Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Berkeley, United States


Research Technician I
Berkeley, CA


Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports
basic biomedical scientists and educators with the potential for transformative impact. We make
long- term investments in people, not just projects, because we believe in the power of individuals
to make breakthroughs over time. HHMI scientists have radically advanced the understanding of
cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and how to treat many diseases.
Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy
Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S.


At HHMI, you are not just an employee – you are a part of a creative and talented team with
colleagues whose expertise ranges from biomedical research to investment management, from
information technology to law. We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and
offer an adaptable environment where employees can function at their highest level. As HHMI
scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your
contributions while working at HHMI are making a difference.


We are currently looking for a Research Technician I to support the lab of Dr. Nicole King at the
University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. The King lab is a collaborative, project-driven
environment composed of talented scientists whose research focuses on choanoflagellates, the
closest living relative of animals, to reconstruct animal origins and investigate molecular
mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions. To better understand the origin and evolution of
animals, the King lab is reconstructing the minimal genomic complexity of the unicellular
progenitors of animals, elucidating the ancestral functions of genes required for animal
development, and characterizing choanoflagellate cell and developmental biology. More information
about the lab can be found here: 


The ideal candidate is an ambitious, motivated, and highly detail-oriented individual who is
excited to assist with developing genetics and genome editing projects in the emerging model
choanoflagellate species S. rosetta.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Apply molecular biology methods to study choanoflagellate biology
• Prepare DNA and RNA for gene delivery
• Prepare libraries for next-generation sequencing
• Culture choanoflagellate cells and bacteria using sterile technique
• Keep meticulous laboratory records
• Participate in weekly laboratory meetings and planning sessions
• Stay up-to-date on literature relevant to research areas as required
• Assist King lab members with a variety of cellular and molecular biology techniques and other
ongoing laboratory projects
• Assist with other support duties relating to lab management and operations as required


Preferred Qualifications:

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, bioengineering, or a related field is required
• Master’s degree would be a plus
• At least one year of experience (including honors thesis research) working in a laboratory


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge of fundamental principles of genetics and molecular biology gained through
coursework and prior laboratory experience
• Experience with molecular biology techniques, flow cytometry, microscopy, tissue culture, and
sterile techniques
• Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and perform a variety of new techniques
• Exceptional oral and written communication skills
• Exceptional organizational and record-keeping skills
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to perform complex tasks effectively and
independently with general instruction
• Ability to follow instruction with an eagerness to learn, grow professionally, and be


Application Instructions
Please attach the following information in a single PDF document as part of your application.
• Résumé emphasizing prior research experience
• Contact information for three professional references
• Transcript of undergraduate or graduate school courses (unofficial is acceptable)

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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