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Specialist (Hasenstaub Lab)

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 20th, 2018
Last review date: Friday, Aug 2, 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: Thursday, Dec 19, 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.


Specialist (Hasenstaub Lab)

The Hasenstaub lab at the Mission Bay campus of UCSF is looking to appoint a Specialist (any level) to help with experiments or independently carry out experiments that address the neural circuit mechanisms underpinning hearing function.

We are most interested in talented, motivated, enthusiastic candidates who have strong communication (written and verbal) skills and want to ultimately perform independent research. Candidates should be detail-oriented and possess excellent organization and analytical skills. The successful applicant must be willing and eager to work closely with the PI and other faculty and their lab members. Candidates who are looking for additional experience in a biomedical research laboratory before pursuing graduate education or a career in biotechnology are particularly encouraged to apply. A minimum 18-month commitment is required.

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.

Job Responsibilities:
Perform experiments and image/data analysis under the direction of PI and/or other lab members. Tasks will include behavioral training, genetics, dissection, immunohistochemistry, software improvement, molecular biology work, lab organization and ordering. The candidate may also perform in vivo or in vitro physiology. The candidate will be expected to document analysis and research findings with MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Additional duties include participating in general laboratory set-up, organization and maintenance, assistance with ordering and unpacking supplies, mouse colony management, and orienting new lab members.

Active participation in group meetings is expected.


Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, or similar or at least four years of research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities) by the time the position begins. Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank at minimum must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, or similar or at least five years of experience in the relevant specialization by the time the position begins. Specialists appointed at the full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) in Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, or similar or ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization by the time the position begins. Appointees at the Associate or Full level must have significant record of academic accomplishment including published or in-press publication, and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service. Additionally, appointees at the Associate level will provide considerable independence in planning and execution of research.

Experience: Minimum one year of experience working in a biology or biomedical research lab is preferred. Demonstrated experience with standard laboratory calculations (for example, mathematical calculations to determine dilutions of stock chemical solutions) and with routine statistical analyses (standard deviation, t-test etc.). Previous experience with mouse husbandry, genetics , and immunochemistry is preferred. Previous experience with Matlab, in vivo or in vitro physiology, and/or software/circuit design is preferred.

Additional Qualifications for the position are:
• excellent organizational and communication skills
• strong analytical abilities, problem-solving abilities, and detail oriented
• ability to maintain comprehensive laboratory notebook of experiments done on a daily basis
• ability to work independently and assess need for assistance from advisor

Licensure/Certification/Registration: None required.

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. Please apply online at

Physical Requirements: Normal physical requirements include good visual acuity and accurate color discrimination. The position requires excellent manual dexterity and familiarity utilizing delicate instrumentation.

Category: Research

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service 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 or Career Plans

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)