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Specialist- Fisher Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 11th, 2018
Last review date: Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018 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: Wednesday, Dec 11, 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.


University of California, San Francisco
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

This is a position in a highly dynamic research lab with primary focus on studying basic biology of human embryonic stem cells. We are looking for an individual with extensive knowledge in human stem cell biology, molecular biology techniques, and advanced cell culture experience. The Specialist must have experience in maintaining cultures of human stem cell lines, preferably embryonic, and have exquisite aseptic technique. The candidate will also perform other related duties. Strong organizational skills and immaculate record keeping are required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office including Power Point and Microsoft Excel are required.

Required qualifications include:
Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization. Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization. Excellent knowledge of and proficiency in aseptic technique is required. Knowledge of cell culture systems in which different substrates/media are employed. Being able to perform standard cell culture related assays including viability, growth curves, preparing cells for FACS and performing immunohistochemistry is a must. Proficiency with standard analytical lab methodologies (e.g, Western blotting, PCR). Computer proficiency including MS Office, Photoshop, photomicrography packages; ability to learn instrumentation software. Ability to work independently and in teams consisting of members with different degrees of knowledge or ability. Fine motor skills. Good oral and written communication skills in English. Good organizational skills. Knowledge of cellular physiology as related to biochemical pathways, growth requirements for cells in vitro, and cellular responses to varying conditions (e.g., different oxygen tensions). Knowledge of immunocytochemistry and other antibody-based techniques; light and fluorescence microscopy. Experience with preparing cell for FACS analysis. 2+ years of experience in working with human embryonic stem cells, including their maintenance, characterization and banking.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Culturing, propagating, and banking human embryonic stem cells
  • Experience/working knowledge of deriving new ESC lines.
  • Post-graduate training in field.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary 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.

Please apply online at

Job location

San Francisco, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)