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Specialist- Foundations of Cognition Laboratory

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 2nd, 2018
Last review date: Tuesday, Jul 17, 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: Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 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.


Foundations of Cognition Laboratory

The Foundations of Cognition Laboratory at UCSF, headed by principal investigator Saul Kato, seeks motivated researchers to fill scientific specialist positions at the assistant or associate level.

Our lab studies the worm C. elegans and other simple model systems in the search for fundamental principles of cognitive brain function and dysfunction. We employ and develop a variety of cutting-edge experimental and computational approaches.

We are interested in researchers at all stages of experience and with expertise in any of the following wet lab experimental skills: microfluidics, microbiology, molecular biology, genomic engineering including CRISPR, microscopy, calcium imaging and optogenetics, and behavioral assays. A background in C. elegans or other model organism research is desirable. The selected candidate must possess a master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Engineering, or a related field by the time of the appointment.

The Foundations of Cognition Laboratory is part of the new UCSF Weill Institute of Neurosciences. This institute brings together psychiatry bench lab research with other basic neurosciences research, as well as clinical and support spaces, to drive advances aimed at new treatments for disorders of the brain and nervous systems. You may find more information about the UCSF Weill Institute at

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 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.

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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
  • 2 required (contact information only)