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Floor Lab – Junior Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 5th, 2019
Last review date: Thursday, Jun 20, 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, Dec 5, 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.


Floor Lab – Junior Specialist

SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY – Cell & Tissue Biology

We are recruiting a Junior Specialist to join our research lab in the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology. We study how RNA chaperones affect human gene expression in normal cells, cancers, and developmental disorders. We have a variety of projects including how RNA chaperones influence cancer formation, how RNA moves around in the crowded cytoplasm of cells, and connecting the molecular level function of RNA chaperones to their cellular phenotypes. The Junior Specialist will contribute to any or all of these projects. The specific role(s) of the Junior Specialist will include optimizing existing protocols, establishing cell culture experiments, genome engineering of transformed and stem cell lines using CRISPR/Cas9, assisting in ordering lab equipment and supplies, and assisting in setting up new equipment. Experience in the Floor lab will prepare the candidate for future work in molecular & cell biology including in vitro disease modeling, genome editing, high-throughput sequencing, RNA biology, and other research areas. This position is ideal for those looking for more hands-on research experience after finishing college. The previous two Junior Specialists have moved on to an RA position in biotech and an MD/PhD program. A minimum of a one year commitment is required although a two year commitment is preferred.

Required Qualifications
• BA/BS degree may be in process at the time of application submission, however, the degree must be possessed by the appointment effective date.
• One or more years of recent, directly related laboratory work experience utilizing techniques or methods required by the position.
• Experience with basic molecular and cellular biology laboratory techniques such as DNA or RNA isolation, PCR, and gel electrophoresis.
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written).
• Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team.
• Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications
• Prior experience with mammalian tissue culture especially of human stem cells
• Prior experience in the design and assembly of DNA constructs (via restriction digestion and ligation, Gibson assemblies, Golden-Gate assemblies, etc.).
• Prior experience cloning and isolating mRNA untranslated regions

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.

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Job location

San Francisco


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
  • 2 required (contact information only)