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Junior/Assistant/Associate Research Specialist (Ashworth Lab)

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 26th, 2019

Last review date: Friday, Jun 21, 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, Aug 26, 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/Assistant/Associate Research Specialist

We are recruiting a recent college graduate to join our group as a full-time researcher. Research in the Ashworth Lab focuses on identifying genetic vulnerabilities in cancer that can be exploited therapeutically. The selected candidate will assist with ongoing experiments and, depending on skill level, conduct independent research under the guidance of Dr. Ashworth and other members of the Ashworth Lab. The Specialist will learn and utilize a variety of research techniques and have the opportunity to be a co-author on publications.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Apply a range of molecular biology techniques, including molecular cloning, DNA and RNA isolation, and protein expression analysis.
• Culture established human cancer cell lines.
• Perform flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry.
• Perform knock-down experiments using siRNA transfection and CRISPR-based techniques.
• Perform gene transfer studies using lentiviral infection of human cell cultures.
• Assist with lab maintenance duties.

Required qualifications:
• Applicants need to be self-motivated, fast learners, critical thinkers, and enthusiastic about science and medicine.
• Applicants need to work well as part of a team and have outstanding written and oral communication skills.
• Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess a bachelors degree (or equivalent degree) at the time of hire.
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or in lieu of a master’s degree, the candidate must possess at least 5 years of research experience for the Assistant rank and 5-10 years of research experience for the Associate rank.

Preferred qualifications
• Prior independent research experience in molecular and cellular biology or tumor immunology.
• Experience with molecular biology and biochemistry techniques, cell culture, CRISPR/Cas9 and/or qPCR
• Experience with flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry and/or confocal microscopy
• Preference for the Junior Specialist position may be given to applicants interested in pursuing a biomedical sciences PhD or MD/PhD.
• A minimum 2-year commitment is strongly preferred

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.

Please apply online at

Job location

San Francisco


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 - Undergraduate Transcript (Unofficial)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)