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Turnbaugh Lab - Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 7th, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Nov 14, 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: Friday, Aug 7, 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.


Turnbaugh Lab Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – Hooper Foundation


Job Description: The Turnbaugh lab at the Parnassus campus of UCSF is looking to appoint a Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist to conduct research related to the metabolism of drugs and dietary compounds by human-associated microbial communities. The research primarily involves analytical methods like liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, as well as standard molecular biology techniques. 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 other faculty and their lab members. A minimum 2-year commitment is strongly preferred.

Job Responsibilities: Perform experiments and data analysis under the direction of Dr. Turnbaugh. Tasks will include incubating natural and synthetic microbial communities with small molecules of interest, analyzing the metabolic end-products by a variety of techniques including mass spectrometry and performing lab managerial duties at 25% time. Additional duties will include orienting new members and actively participating in group meetings.

• Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience.
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Specialist appointed at the Full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or have ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Candidates must meet the requirements by the time of appointment.

Experience: Experience working in a chemistry or chemical biology lab. Demonstrated experience with mass spectrometry as well as standard analytical chemistry techniques.

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 supervisor

Licensure/Certification/Registration: None required.

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

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


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)