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Junior or Assistant Specialist position available in translational cancer research

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 9th, 2018
Last review date: June 15th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: September 9th, 2019
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.


Junior or Assistant Specialist position available in translational cancer research at the University of California, San Francisco

Availability: Immediate

We are currently seeking a highly qualified candidate as a Junior or Assistant Specialist in the Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco. The position will be under the direction of Arun Wiita, MD, PhD in the Dept. of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF. We focus on studying bench to bedside applications in multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer in the United States. We work in close collaboration with the clinical myeloma service at UCSF, one of the largest such programs in the country. Your role will be conducting preclinical in vitro and in vivo studies of therapeutic compounds in myeloma as well as basic molecular biology relating to studies in this disease. Techniques to be used include basic molecular and cell biology (cloning, Westerns, qPCR, etc.), cell culture, microscopy, and drug screening. Additional techniques to be applied include RNA-seq and mass spectrometry-based proteomics, in which the Wiita lab has significant expertise. The ideal candidate will be proficient in a highly collaborative environment, working with academic research groups and myeloma clinicians as well as with biotech industry partners. Extensive opportunities are available for participating in abstracts and publications. Candidates for this position should have a strong interest in directly improving patient care through their research, broadening their biology training with expertise in cutting-edge “omics” methodologies, and gaining experience in preclinical therapeutic development in cancer.

Qualified applicants will hold a BA, BS, or equivalent from a Dept. of Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or similar to be appointed at the Junior rank. Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) from a Dept. of Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or similar or at least five years of research experience. Master’s Degree is favorable. Strong prior laboratory experience is required. Experience in standard molecular biology techniques as listed above is preferred but not required. Experience with mammalian cell culture and/or in vitro drug screening is preferred, though not required. Experience with “omics” techniques and associated data analysis are preferred, though not required.

Environment: The University of California, San Francisco is a premier academic medical center excelling in both clinical care and basic science research. This position is affiliated with the UCSF Stephen and Nancy Grand Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative, a collaborative network of research labs and clinicians at UCSF. The Wiita lab in the Dept. of Laboratory Medicine is a multidisciplinary research group offering extensive opportunities for training. Our interests span mechanistic biology in genetic disease and cancer, translational research and drug development in hematologic malignancies, and new technology development combining mass spectrometry-based proteomics, chemical biology, and genome engineering.

Funding: The Wiita lab is currently funded by a New Innovator Award from the NIH, a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the National Cancer Institute, and a translational research grant from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Applicant Instructions:
Well-qualified applicants should send a CV to:

If you have any questions, please contact:
Arun Wiita, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
UCSF Dept. of Laboratory Medicine

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

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UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 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.

Job location

San Francisco, CA


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