Lab Assistant, Plant & Microbial Biology (9605C) #23104

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Berkeley, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 May 2017

Job Description

Job Title:

Lab Assistant, Plant & Microbial Biology (9605C) #23104

Job ID:


Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time:



Plant & Microbial Biology



About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.
Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Departmental Overview

Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley provides outstanding academic opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Our cutting-edge research by the world's foremost scientists is at the forefront of the latest advances in the biological sciences.
Also known as PMB, we are proud of our internationally acclaimed research and teaching programs in both plant and microbial biology.  We are regularly ranked as excellent for our academics and research at the top-ranked public university, UC Berkeley, where our mission is furthering scientific exploration for the public good.
Our research group studies aspects of epiphytic bacteria that live on healthy plants' surfaces, emphasizing bacteria active in ice nucleation, causing frost damage to plants. We also study plant pathogenic bacteria that inhabit plant surfaces before infection. We use molecular genetic and ecological approaches to study how epiphytic bacteria interact with other microorganisms on plants, and with the plants on which they live. We seek to better understand adaptations epiphytic bacteria have evolved to exploit this unique habitat. We also study plant pathogens.


Responsibilities include:
• Mixing and sterilizing media, sterilizing glassware and plastics used in lab.
• Keeping lab clean; washing dishes, autoclaving trash and contaminated lab ware, restocking shelves.
• Counting bacterial plaques on plates.
• Assisting in Greenhouse, transplanting rootstocks.
• Data entry.

Required Qualifications

• Ability to follow directions with close attention to detail.
• Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and one year of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Salary & Benefits

$15.41 - $16.27 hourly commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a limited appointment opportunity working full-time for approximately 3 months.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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