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Assistant Specialist - Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology - School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 14, 2019
Title Assistant Specialist - Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology - School of Public Health
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline 9/13/2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Public Health & Epidemiology
    Immunology & Infectious Diseases
Recruitment Period
Open date: August 12th, 2019
Next review date: Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Friday, Sep 13, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position: Assistant Specialist - Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
Location: UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Salary: $49,700-$51,800, depending on experience. This is an 80% full-time position.
Start Date: Target start date September 2019

An Assistant Specialist position is available in the Harris laboratory in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, which works on the virology, immunology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology of dengue and Zika viruses using in vitro systems, mouse models, and studies in human populations. Dengue and Zika are major public health problems worldwide, caused by mosquito-borne RNA flaviviruses. Clinical and epidemiological studies are conducted in collaboration with scientists in Nicaragua as long-term partners in a region endemic for dengue and Zika. We seek a Assistant Specialist to work on the human immunology projects investigating dengue and Zika virus infections in our Nicaraguan hospital and cohort studies under the direction of Dr. Eva Harris.

More about research in the Harris lab can be found at

Responsibilities Include:
  • The Assistant Specialist will lead neutralization analysis of recombinant chimeric dengue viruses for a project on epitope repertoire in Nicaraguan subjects, as well as a sub-project on neutralization analysis of repeat dengue virus infections in the Nicaraguan cohort study.
  • Evaluating plasma immune responses post-dengue and Zika virus infection using a multicolor B cell FluoroSpot assay, flow cytometry assays, and various neutralization assays, which also necessitates production and purification of viruses and monoclonal antibodies used in the studies.

This position reports to Professor Eva Harris. The initial appointment is 80% time with full health benefits plus retirement benefits, for two years with the expectation of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Basic Qualifications (required at the time of application):
Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree

Preferred Qualifications:
Master's degree, or equivalent international degree
2 years of experience in BSL2 laboratory, molecular biology, virology, and tissue culture skills
Experience in immunological techniques including flow cytometry and ELISPOT

The targeted start date of this position will be September, 2019.

Salary range and Benefits:
$49,700-$51,800 (depending on experience)

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family. Information about UC Berkeley benefits can be found at

To Apply:
This position is open till filled.

Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Josefina Coloma, at

For more information on the Specialist series, please see programs/_files/apm/apm-330.pdf.

Letters of reference may be solicited from finalists. References should be from persons who are familiar with the applicant's qualifications for the position. 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 ( ) 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:

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.
Job location Berkelely, CA

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Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter highlighting past research experience, research interests, and career goals.

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