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Specialist- Molecular Biology/ Genetic Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 22nd, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Sep 12, 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: Saturday, Aug 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.


Specialist- Molecular Biology/ Genetic Engineering

This role is an excellent opportunity to learn a number of exciting, cutting-edge techniques in molecular biology, genetic engineering, proteomics, and management of datasets and databases. The position will involve genetic engineering with CRISPR/Cas9, in-vitro culturing, the handling of pathogens such as Influenza and HIV, and the handling of primary human blood and tissue samples.

You will be joining the Krogan Lab (, a highly productive and collaborative laboratory focusing on the molecular networks underpinning infectious disease, carcinogenesis and psychiatric disorders. You will be working with an ambitious and supportive research team.

We seek a motivated, skilled Junior, Assistant , or Associate Specialist to help develop primary cell culturing and genetic engineering protocols for use in studying the human genes underling pathogen infection and replication. The Junior Specialist position requires a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. The Assistant or Associate Specialist position requires a master’s degree in biological sciences or 5 or more years of relevant laboratory experience. In addition, the Associate Specialist position requires a record of academic accomplishments, contributions to published research, and a demonstrated record of public or university service. Candidates must meet the requirements by the time of appointment. Our ideal applicant is a problem solver with a positive attitude, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to learn and implement methodology efficiently.

Skills required:
Cell / tissue culture experience
Molecular cloning
Transfection, viral transduction, and/or electroporation of genetic material into cultured cells
Western blot
Excellent organizational skills
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and/or Powerpoint)

Preferred skills:
Flow cytometry
Fluorescence microscopy
Handling of blood and tissue samples
Culturing of primary human immune cells
Experience handling BSL2 and BSL3 pathogens such as HIV
Genetic engineering using CRISPR/Cas9
Quantitative PCR
Adobe Illustrator
Experience managing large datasets and/or databases

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.

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and 3 reference letters.

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 letters of reference required