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Junior or Assistant Specialist- Margolis Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 26th, 2019
Last review date: Thursday, Apr 11, 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.


Junior or Assistant Specialist- Margolis Lab

The UCSF Department of Neurology mission includes delivering the most exceptional clinical care to our patients, leading transformative cutting-edge research, and training the leaders of tomorrow in both neurology and neuroscience. The current opening is for a specialist to support neuroscience research in brain circuits involved in addiction and pain. Behavior is energized by motivations and shaped by either positive (rewarding) or negative (punishing) outcomes. Opioids in the CNS play a major role in motivation and can drive experiences of either reward or punishment. Understanding how opioids contribute to these processes requires identifying the neural circuits responsible for these processes and then determining how opioids act synaptically on the component neurons of the relevant circuits. Techniques that will be performed by the successful candidate include rodent behavioral assays, cardiac perfusion, brain extraction, brain slicing, immunohistochemical processing, fluorescent microscopy, maintaining transgenic rat colonies and genotyping. This role will require some experiments and procedures to be completed independently, and there will be the opportunity for the individual to help design and propose new experiments as well as assist with manuscript preparation. The lab is highly team oriented and we are looking for applicants who will actively participate in an intellectually stimulating environment. See and for more information on our research.

Required qualifications:

  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience.
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of research experience.
  • Candidates must possess the qualifications by the time of appointment.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training. Please include contact information for two references in your application.

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 two references (contact information only).

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
  • 2 required (contact information only)