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Junior Specialist- Lim Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 26th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Jun 7, 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, Sep 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.


Our lab uses cutting-edge approaches in cell engineering and synthetic biology to develop new cell therapies, including smart immune cells designed to recognize and kill cancer cells. We are seeking a Jr. Specialist who will assist scientists and other technicians in the performance of laboratory and investigative procedures by performing a variety of experimental techniques such as PCR, plasmid prep and purification, molecular cloning, cell culture (cell lines and primary cells), flow cytometry, and ELISA-like assays. The successful candidate should be able to learn new cell biological assays and execute them as necessary semi-independently. Data will need to be collected, verified, recorded, and compiled in support of research.

Representative Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist scientists by performing various investigative procedures and operating a variety of instruments and other scientific equipment. Examples of equipment routinely used are: a. Plate readers for absorbance or luminescence-based assays b. PCR machines for gene amplification and cloning c. Flow cytometers and cell sorters for single cell analysis and isolation
  2. Collect, record, organize and verify the accuracy of data; perform calculations and prepare charts, graphs and reports. May use software applications to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and test reports.
  3. Configure and operate laboratory apparatus and instruments; read and record instrument data; tabulate data; keep laboratory records.
  4. May order chemicals, reagents, and other laboratory supplies.
  5. Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions.
  6. May maintain bacterial and tissue cultures for experimental purposes.
  7. Read literature applicable to research areas as requires.
  8. Perform the duties of a Laboratory Assistant as required.

Organizational Scope and Impact of Position
Contributes to research results on an on-going basis. Usually conducts routine aspects of research projects. Influences short range and limited scope activities. Errors, though potentially significant, are usually limited in scope due to close supervision of individual.

Interactions with Others
Organizes projects within workload to insure goals are met. Meets routinely with supervisor. Able to train others in specialized tasks within their own area of expertise.

Required Qualification-
• A B.S. degree (or equivalent) by the time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications-
Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or equivalent in education and related laboratory experience. Knowledge of Immunology is preferable but not required. The successful candidate will have at least 1 year of laboratory experience that involved relevant techniques outlined above.

Knowledge/Understanding/Skills & Abilities:

  • Generally experienced in job duties and in the principles and practices associated with those duties with an understanding of the underlying scientific principles.
  • Ability to draft routine reports and keep accurate records of work performed.
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise.
  • Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction.
  • Able to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques.

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally lifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasionally stoops and bends.
  • Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands.
  • Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.
  • Long periods of standing and/or sitting.

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.

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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)