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Dumont Lab - Research Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 7th, 2019

Last review date: Sunday, May 5, 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, Sep 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.


Research Specialist Position at UCSF

We are looking for candidates interested in a research specialist position at UCSF starting in May 2019. We are an inter-disciplinary lab and graduates with a bachelor’s degree in biology, bioengineering, physics or related disciplines will be considered (undergraduate degree may be in process during the application but the degree should be possessed by the appointment effective date). Most importantly, we are looking for someone who is talented, motivated and enthusiastic.

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with one or more of the following preferred qualifications: microscopy, molecular biology, mammalian cell culture, instrumentation, and quantitative/computational analysis. We do not have any required qualifications other than some lab-based research experience beyond coursework (two years would be ideal). This position is suitable for an individual who is looking to gain research experience and further career development; previous candidates have for example gone on to graduate or medical school. We are a young cell biophysics lab and are most interested in candidates who want to perform independent research in addition to supporting and managing the lab. Research responsibilities would be project-dependent, and would likely include microscopy, data analysis and cell and molecular biology experiments. We are looking for a minimum two-year time commitment.

Our lab is interested in the mechanics of chromosome segregation. How do cells generate, detect and respond to mechanical force to equally distribute their genetic material when they divide? Errors in chromosome segregation can lead to birth defects and disease. While we know nearly all the molecules essential for chromosome segregation, we do not understand the underlying mechanical principles or how key cellular machines (spindle and kinetochore) are designed to achieve such robustness and accuracy. New approaches are needed and we are using molecular and biophysical tools to address these questions. For example, we mechanically perturb cells by cutting their structures using laser ablation, map how cells are dynamically organized using high resolution live imaging, and probe key players using molecular and cell biology tools. You can find out more about our research interests here:

Interested candidates should formally apply via AP Recruit at Please include a CV containing previous research experience, GPA and the names of three references. Also, please include a short cover letter on why you are interested in this position and on your career goals.

If you have any questions please contact:
Sophie Dumont, Ph.D.
Thank you for your interest!

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.

Job location

San Francisco


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - a short cover letter on why you are interested in this position and on your career goals.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)