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Junior Specialist (Pollen Lab)

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 27th, 2018
Last review date: Sunday, Jun 30, 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: Monday, Jan 27, 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.


Junior Specialist (Pollen Lab)

The Pollen Lab, located in the Stem Cell building (Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research) at the UCSF Parnassus campus, is seeking a highly motivated candidate interested in conducting basic science research with a focus on studying the development and evolution of the human brain. This full-time position will involve working closely with the PI and a postdoc in the laboratory to understand molecular and physiological features distinguishing cell types of the human cerebral cortex.

The chief responsibilities will include bioinformatic and statistical analyses, pluripotent stem cell culture, and cerebral organoid differentiation. This position is for one or two years and suitable for an individual with computational experience who is looking to gain research experience on the way to further career development, such as going on to graduate, medical, or MD/PhD training.

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.

Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree).

Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills are important. Candidates should have a quantitative background with coursework in statistics, machine learning, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. Required skills: Programming experience; informatics skills with large genomics datasets. Preferred skills: Laboratory experience in neuroscience.

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.

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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
  • 3 required (contact information only)