Lab Assistant 3, Fish Facility (9602C), MCB Research - 51803
University of California, Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 4140468
Lab Assistant 3, Fish Facility (9602C), MCB Research - 51803
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The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as Faculty Research performed by faculty organized in five divisions:
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Genetics, Genomics and Development
Immunology and Pathogenesis
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The Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and Integrative Biology (IB) together are among the largest academic departments at UC Berkeley. By several measures (including number of faculty and students, budget, and assigned square feet), these departments are larger than many UCB colleges and schools. The two departments represent over 186 faculty FTE (including Adjuncts, Professors of the Graduate School, active emeriti and 15 HHMI professors); 150 postdocs and other research positions; 375 graduate students; 80 department staff members; and 8 recharge centers. Financial resources include approximately $51M in annual extramural funding (which accounts for over half of the total sponsored research awards in the College of Letters & Science) and over $46M other fund sources. The department has 1,800 declared undergraduate majors (the largest majors on the Berkeley campus) and a total annual enrollment in classes of ~20,000. Department personnel are currently housed in seven buildings located in three widely separated parts of the campus.
Prepare fish food and feed fish. The facility will expand to hold more than 2,500 3-liter tanks. Each tank contains a variable number of fish and the amount of food fed to each tank is deduced by the employee based on the tank occupancy and animal age.
Routine maintenance of aquaria and re-circulating water system.
Perform specialized system maintenance (Clean and calibrate conductivity and pH probes; disassemble UV sterilization system and perform repairs and/or replace UV bulbs; undertake major system repairs (e.g. pump replacement, leak repair).
Record keeping. The daily SOP checklist must be filled out and data, as well as any anomalies, recorded. Conductivity and pH values, feeding times, etc. are recorded on paper. Additionally, the employee must calculate daily the number of salts and bicarbonate to add to the water to achieve the appropriate conductivity, hardness/alkalinity, and pH and these values are recorded.
Analyze fish growth, assess when stocks can be moved from nursery to main facility, and be responsible for moving stocks as appropriate.
Wash tanks and their components, sterilize nets and glassware.
Train and supervise 2 work-study students during their shifts and train and/or assist lab members on fish facility tasks as requested.
Sufficient education or experience to be trained in the duties of the position.
Must be extremely reliable and responsible.
Able to follow directions, pay attention to detail, and keep careful records.
Once trained, must be able to work independently to perform required tasks and to recognize and report operational problems, and often undertake required repairs.
Ability to handle the physical requirements of the job.
Enjoy working with animals.
Must be available to work weekends and the occasional holidays.
High school diploma and/or equivalent experience/training.
Previous work experience with animals or in an aquatic animal facility.
Some college coursework, particularly in the biological sciences and/or equivalent experience/training.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $23.82 (step 1.0) - $25.89 (step 3.0).
This is a 12-week, 60% full-time (24 hours per week), limited (temporary) position that is eligible for UC benefits.
This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
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