Junior Specialist, Step I-II – Plant Biology – Innovative Genomics InitiativeThe junior specialist will be part of a research team at the Innovative Genomics Institute in UC Berkeley focused on the identification and deployment of plant disease resistance genes. The junior specialist will support and engage in research activities. The junior specialist will have the opportunity to provide input into the direction of the research. The candidate should have experience working in molecular biology lab and be proficient at common molecular biology techniques.Responsibilities:The majority of the effort will be towards plant molecular biology research using common molecular biology techniques (PCR, gene cloning, DNA extraction, transformations, etc). Lab Management duties will include: media preparation, plant growth, dish washing, chemical waste disposal, and stocking supplies. The junior specialist must be able to follow safety guidelines and work safely, maintain a neat and organized work space, work effectively as part of a team, and maintain a lab notebook.Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (At the time of application):Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent degree, in Biology, Plant Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, or a related field.Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):The successful candidate will have at least two years part time OR one year full time doing molecular biology in a laboratory. Experience with PCR, cloning, sequencing, transformationPreferred qualifications (By start date):Excellent communication skills and careful attention to detail.Appointment:This position reports to Dr. Alex Schultink. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for 1 year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The approximate start date of this position will be June 2017.Salary: $17.99/hour – $19.18/hour at 100% time, depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.To Apply: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01346Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position and a cover letter. (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Terri Leong, HR Partner, firstname.lastname@example.orgThis recruitment will remain open until filled.All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.