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Research Specialist Position, Nelson Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 25th, 2018
Last review date: Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Oct 25, 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.


Research Specialist Position, Nelson Lab

We are seeking a full-time research specialist, starting Summer/Fall 2019 . Our lab, located on the Mission Bay Campus of UCSF, studies the cells and circuits that control movement and contribute to dysfunction in the context of movement disorders, such as Parkinson's Disease, Dystonia, and Huntington's Disease. We use a variety of systems neuroscience methods to study the basal ganglia, including electrophysiology (in vivo and ex vivo), optogenetics, and mouse models of disease. The position will entail approximately 50% time doing lab support tasks (mouse colony maintenance, genotyping, neuroanatomical experiments) and 50% time doing individual or collaborative projects (which would involve training in one or more of the methods described above).

Required qualifications: Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience or a related field. Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least 5 years of research experience. Candidates must have 1+ years of experience in bench Neuroscience research, immunohistochemistry and PCR.
Highly recommended skills: experience rodent handling and behavioral assays, PCR/genotyping of transgenic mice.

If you are interested in hearing more about the position, email Alexandra Nelson, MD, PhD, at If you would like to apply, please apply online and submit your CV, cover letter, and the names and email addresses of 2 references to: All applications must be submitted via AP Recruit.

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.

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


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)