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Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 22, 2017
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time
Recruitment Period Open date: December 20th, 2017 Next review date: January 5th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: January 31st, 2018
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. Description
The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Junior Specialist (Step I-II), with an expected start date of January 2018.

About the UC Berkeley, Department of Chemistry – Mathies Lab:
The Mathies Group biophysical research is focused on the use of resonance Raman and time resolved optical spectroscopy to elucidate the structure and reaction dynamics of energy and information transducing photoactive proteins and chemical systems. Extensive work on the photochemistry of the visual pigment rhodopsin has established the structure of the primary photoproduct using time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy, demonstrated that the primary cis-to-trans photoisomerization in vision is complete in only 200 fs, and analyzed the nonstationary state or wavepacket evolution that defines the excited state isomerization mechanism. His recent development of femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy provides a revolutionary new way to study the structural dynamics of photochemical and photophysical processes with complete high resolution Raman vibrational spectra and < 50 fs time resolution.

Mathies Group work in the area of biotechnology and the Human Genome Project led to the development of new high-speed, high-throughput DNA analysis technologies such as capillary array electrophoresis and energy transfer (ET) fluorescent dye labels for DNA sequencing and analysis. In particular, the development of ET fluorescent labels was a critical contribution to the early completion of the Human Genome sequence. He
also pioneered the development of microfabricated capillary electrophoresis devices and microfabricated integrated sample preparation and detection methods for lab-on-a-chip analysis systems that are being applied to DNA sequencing, diagnostics, forensics, pathogen detection and space exploration.

Position Description:
The incumbent will work under the supervision of Professor Richard Mathies on the design, development, and fabrication of various compact microfluidic devices for lab automation and analyte detection by performing soft lithography, rapid prototyping, wet etching, hot embossing and 3D printing. The incumbent will utilize state-of- the-art experimental facilities on the Berkeley campus. Among these facilities is an 11,500 sq ft class 1,000/10,000 cleanroom facility located in Stanley Hall on UC Berkeley campus. The facility has complete lithography microfabrication as well as soft lithography and glass or polymer bonding capabilities. The incumbent will participate in various projects that utilize these advanced manufacturing microtechniques including microfluidic concentration devices. Additional fabrication activities will include the microfabrication of particle capture targets made out of thin aluminum foils. The incumbent will also perform finite element analysis modeling of material properties associated with a high speed particle capture target to determine the mechanical compliance of the target films to high speed particle impacts and the particle capture efficiency of the targets as a part of an ongoing NASA project. Overall this work involves electrical and mechanical engineering, software coding, and computer-assisted model simulation.

The incumbent will attend meetings with supervisor and other Mathies Lab Group members (graduate students, postdoctoral Scholars) on a weekly basis to present work and progress through an oral presentation along with graphic representations of results projected on a screen. During each meeting, the supervisor recommends areas of improvement, provides instruction on the next week's activities, and provides feedback on performance. Furthermore, the supervisor and group members will be available on a daily basis to connect and provide guidance for the completion of assigned tasks. The incumbent will be required to document all the tasks completed at the lab and submit a report to his mentor on a weekly basis. These reports will be reviewed on a regular basis along with the feedback from peers in the laboratory.

Basic Qualifications:
B.S. or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, or related field required at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:
M.S. or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this full-time (100%) position is $18.26 to $19.48/hour plus benefits. Starting salary will commensurate with experience.

Applicants should submit their most updated curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and provide contact information for three (3) references.

Please address inquires to Professor Richard Mathies at

• Location: San Francisco

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