Research Technician - Doudna Lab

Research Technician - Doudna Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Berkeley, CA, United States

Job Description

About HHMI

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world. 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. Visit to learn more about working at HHMI.


Lab Technician – Biology and Microbiology in the Doudna lab


The Doudna lab is focused on developing innovative CRISPR-Cas tools to overcome human disease by pioneering novel delivery and genome surgery approaches. Current research combines bioengineering, synthetic biology, gene editing, and virology to deliver CRISPR components for in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo gene editing applications.



The successful research technician will be responsible for experimentally supporting the Doudna laboratory, and will work closely with a postdoc in the lab. The employee will perform experimental assays and be expected to contribute original ideas in carrying out the varied facets of the research endeavor. The employee will also produce materials for use in experiments, such as products of molecular cloning, transgenic mammalian cell lines, and virus-like particles.


Minimum/Basic Qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience with standard molecular biology techniques including PCR, gel electrophoresis, western blot, microscopy, etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study (virology, microbiology, immunology, biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, and/or cell biology). Master’s degree in a similar field is highly encouraged but not required


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with FACS/flow cytometry data acquisition and analysis
  • Experience with cell culture maintenance, generation of stable cell lines, lentiviral particle production, and transfection/transduction
  • Experience with qPCR, ELISAs, and confocal microscopy
  • Experience with mouse colony maintenance (genotyping, etc.)
  • Interest/background in virology


Appointment: This position reports to Jennifer Doudna and will be working at UC Berkeley. The initial appointment is 100% for one (1) year with the expectation of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The anticipated start date of this position will be as early as January 2019. Salary is according to published scale, depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits. This recruitment will remain open until filled.


Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.



HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-924-908