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Metabolomics Student Assistant

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) has an opening for a Student Assistant in the metabolomics research group located at the Integrative Genomics Building in Berkeley, CA. This research group focuses on understanding microbial community metabolomics using mass spectrometry-based techniques. In this exciting role, you will be responsible for providing support work to postdocs, graduate students, and staff within the lab. This is a great opportunity for learning and improving laboratory skills for individuals interested in research or related fields.

What You Will Do:
  • Assist lab members with tasks such as making culture media, extracting samples, preparing metabolite standards.
  • Help culture and maintain stocks of bacteria/plants/fungi isolates and consortia.
  • Perform molecular biology lab work, such as plasmid extraction, bacterial transformation, bacterial growth assays, etc.
  • Perform supportive tasks (cleaning/baking glassware, autoclaving media, refilling supplies, etc.).
  • Maintain lab notebook, sample, instrument, and waste logs.
  • Follow EH&S guidelines to ensure the safety of oneself and others in the lab and office spaces.

What is Required:
  • Motivated individual enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or related fields.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent communication, writing and troubleshooting skills.
  • Proficiency with basic office software (Google docs, Excel, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent grades in the sciences.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Microbiology, chemistry and/or molecular biology experience/knowledge from class or lab experience.

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  • This is a part-time, up to 20 hours per week, 3 months, student assistant appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on student step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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