Research Program Manager (4330U), QB3 Institute - 58992
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720

Job Description

Research Program Manager (4330U), QB3 Institute - 58992
About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Brenner Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research group at the University of California, Berkeley, one of the world's premiere research universities. We are associated with the Center for Computational Biology, the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Department of Bioengineering and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. We are also affiliated with the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub; the Institute for Human Genetics and the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco; and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

The Brenner Research Group is committed to creating an inclusive community of belonging that enables every member to achieve their potential. We value the diversity of our members' unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives; their synergy and complementarity is fundamental to our group's effort to advance our research — which aims to benefit all people.

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The University of California, Berkeley ranks first nationally in the number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields, according to the most recent National Research Council study. US News & World Report's 2022-3 Global Rankings and the Times Higher Education 2023 World Rankings 2023 both placed UC Berkeley as the #1 public university in the world.

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

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 5, 2024. Job will remain open until filled. Department will review applications on a rolling basis.


The Research Program Manager has a leading role in facilitating effective laboratory operations and research efforts for a cutting-edge genomics and computational biology research group, and facilitating its campus, national, and international collaborations and interactions. Involves supporting laboratory research, which includes routine and non-routine operations, data/information management and interpretation, development and performance of laboratory management procedures, leading engagement of organizational structures for over a dozen units at multiple institutions, literature management, and preparation of reports and support of scientific papers and proposals.
  • Oversees management of correspondence, calendar maintenance, travel coordination, and meeting schedules within group, campus, and with other institutions, outreach and website production
  • Sophisticated information management of laboratory management data and reporting, including weekly summary reports and periodic reports to institutional units and funders
  • Interfaces with department, program, and service structures.
  • Prioritizes laboratory obligations and delegates appropriately.
  • Coordinates staff and trainee management activities including recruitment, personnel appointments, performance evaluations and handling disciplinary issues.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance relative to safety and security in research programs; develops and provides for staff training in equipment use and safety protocols, and secure and sensitive data management.
  • Oversees or performs inventory planning, purchasing and reimbursement for laboratory research and projects. Manages and requisitions laboratory and project materials and supplies, organization and maintenance of chemical and lab supplies and equipment inventories.
  • Supervises schedules of meetings and activities of laboratory including support staff and researchers; may plan and direct work of entry to intermediate level research associates.
  • Employs routine and non-routine laboratory management and budget planning and accounting oversight and grant management and reporting.
  • Ensures that data collections and equipment are maintained properly.
  • Performs upkeep of the laboratory.
  • Consults and coordinates with academic supervisors, professional researchers, trainees, and staff (both in host laboratory and in collaborative groups, on campus, at other institutions, and internationally) on the nature and objectives of the research project and grant and collaboration goals, including coordinating meetings, symposia, and retreats.
  • Facilitates research collaborations within campus and with other institutions.
  • Performs state-of-the-art, complex research project proposal design and logistics supervision in collaboration with academic supervisors.
  • Identifies funding opportunities, and pursues.
  • Supervises and coordinates vetting of project proposals.
  • Coaches and mentors laboratory support staff and entry to intermediate associates.
  • Contribute towards providing editorial support, graphic design, and administrative management and content for articles for publication in scientific journals, for poster and oral presentations at conferences or symposiums, grant proposals, and reports.
  • Depending on skills, engages in scientific software development and visualization.
  • Depending upon skills, prepares laboratory materials.

Required Qualifications
  • Solid leadership skills associated with planning work assignments, establishing priorities and scheduling space.
  • Solid interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, trainees, faculty, and staff.
  • Knowledge of data/knowledge/information acquisition, management, and analysis techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge research management to collaborate effectively with faculty and function as a resource to research associates.
  • Solid interpersonal communication skills to effectively supervise staff.
  • Knowledge of necessary lab, and data safety and security procedures and requirements.
  • Excellent facility with all components of the Microsoft Office family and Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud.
  • Able to work effectively with and respond to other lab members and meet their needs.
  • Able to provide surge effort/hours as needed for business needs such as projects or deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with quantitative information, including complex budget development and deployment and accounting oversight.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
  • Demonstrated fluent and facile command of written and spoken English.
  • Able to work on-site full time (a limited amount of remote work may be an option after experienced in the position)

  • Bachelor's degree in a biological science, computer science, mathematics, or similar subject and/or equivalent experience/training (such as leading laboratory operations).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience with scientific data analysis and/or visualization, software development, script writing and web site development.
  • Previous experience using and maintaining standard molecular biology equipment such as FPLC, PCR machines, microplate readers, and chemical inventories.
  • Authorship of published scientific papers, and scientific poster presentation experience.

  • Advanced degree or comparable training and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

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 range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $85,800.00 - $122,000. Department expects to pay within the range of $85,800-$102,000 with the higher range reserved for those with exceptional experience.
  • This is a 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.
  • This position will require surges of additional/irregular hours based on business needs.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.


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Date Posted : 02/26/2024