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Junior or Assistant Specialist – Petritsch Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 22nd, 2019
Last review date: Saturday, Mar 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: Wednesday, Jul 22, 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 or Assistant Specialist – Petritsch Lab

The Department of Neurological Surgery is seeking a Junior or Assistant Specialist. The ideal candidate will have a strong scientific background, with extensive cell culture and animal work experience. He/she will be self-motivated, adaptable to change and have excellent communication skills. He/she will have the ability to work at high standards and to make independent decisions. He/she must be able to work well within a team, and be willing to work flexible hours including occasional weekends/holidays. The tasks to perform are maintaining tissue and progenitor cell culture, patient-derived glioma cell cultures, conducting differentiation experiments, assessing signaling pathway activity and function of differentiation regulators in glial and glioma cells, establishing and maintaining mouse models of glioma, preclinical testing of molecular targeted therapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors, analyses of resistance mechanism, organization and ordering of supplies and maintaining inventories.


  • Performance of basic laboratory methods required for analyzing gene expression
  • Analyses of cell division and differentiation of progenitor cells in vitro and in situ
  • Analyses of effects of therapeutics on cell proliferation, tumor immune microenvironment and stem cells
  • Sterile propagation of cells in culture
  • Training of staff in multiple aspects of lab research, including animal husbandry, surgery and technical support
  • Creation and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for good animal practices in accordance with IACUC guidelines

Required Qualifications:

  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities).
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least five years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Experience with sterile cell culture techniques
  • Expertise in immuno-cytochemistry and immunofluorescence
  • Experience in DNA/RNA/protein isolation and PCR & RT-qPCR
  • Experience in microbiology techniques

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in tissue, progenitor or primary patient-derived cell culture
  • Knowledge of Flow cytometry, mass cytometry ELISA, & IHC
  • Expertise in transfection using viral-mediated gene transfer
  • Ability to conduct independent specialized research
  • Knowledge in Western blots
  • Experience in working with models of disease
  • Experience in anaesthetic techniques and controlled substances
  • Rodent Experience (handling, treatment, therapeutics)

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

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 (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)