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Behavioral Optogenetics Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 12th, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, May 16, 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, Oct 12, 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.


Behavioral Optogenetics Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist
University of California, San Francisco

Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases – Gunaydin Lab
We are seeking a junior, assistant, or associate specialist in the field of neuroscience. The position is available to study neural circuits underlying emotional behaviors relevant to psychiatric disease, in particular anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The successful candidate will be responsible for laboratory management, including mouse colony maintenance, genotyping, and immunohistochemistry, and will also be responsible for performing in vivo optogenetic experiments, including stereotaxic surgery and behavioral assays. We would like to hire a highly motivated individual who is capable of independent problem solving but must also work well as part of a team. This position will be part of a collaborative environment with access to state-of-the-art facilities in the Sandler Neurosciences Building on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Candidates interested in gaining more experience prior to applying to graduate school, or those looking for a longer-term appointment as lab manager are encouraged to apply. While we are ideally seeking a junior specialist, the Assistant and Assistant rank may be considered for qualified candidates. The successful candidate will be appointed at a rank commensurate with experience and qualifications. Candidates must meet the requirements by the time of the appointment.

Required qualifications for Junior Specialist:
• BA/BS in Neuroscience or related field
• At least 1-2 years relevant lab experience
• Familiarity with common laboratory techniques (cloning, PCR, histology) and principles of molecular biology
• One-year time commitment, with possibility of extension
• Capability for independent problem-solving
• Demonstrated ability to work well with others

Required qualifications for the Assistant or Associate Specialist:
• A master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least five to ten years of research experience

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience with mouse handling and behavior
• Experience with stereotaxic surgery
• Computer programming skills for data analysis (e.g. MATLAB, Python)

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period.

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 - Cover letter should summarize applicant's interest and research experience

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)