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In Vivo Drug Discovery Neuroscientist Professional Researcher

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 24th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Jul 9, 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: Thursday, Dec 24, 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.


In Vivo Drug Discovery Neuroscientist Professional Researcher

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is recruiting a In Vivo Drug Discovery Neuroscientist for the Professional Researcher Series. The director of the IND is Nobel Laureate Dr. Stanley Prusiner.
Responsibilities for this position are to design, develop, validate and refine all experimental procedures relating to in vivo drug discovery models, train staff and document all of these activities. This includes optimizing and supervising all survival surgery procedures to best meet the demands of the drug discovery program for the IND. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in neuroscience, survival rodent surgery, delivery of compounds into living rodents using stereotactic techniques, tissue collection, dosing of compounds and prion biology. This professional will join a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and animal care staff dedicated to finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases. The candidate should have strong practical experience in rodent handling, experimental manipulation and working in an Animal Biosafety Level (ABSL)-2 or higher environment. She or he should have excellent management and communication skills and work well in a team environment.


At the time of hire, the applicant must have:
• A doctorate degree or equivalent degree (or in process).
• 7 years or more of experience on successfully administering compounds to rodents utilizing common administration routes such as I.V., P.O., I.P., I.C. & S.C.
• 7 years of more of proven proficiency in performing rodent survival neurosurgery
• Experience with transgenic mouse lines use, development and characterization
• One-year time commitment, with possibility of extension.
• Proficiency in using basic applied analytical chemistry (i.e. moles, Molarity, osmolality, etc.) and in preparing correct test-diet formulations based on study needs.
• Experience with proper tissue collection (including cerebrospinal fluid), preservation and storage.

Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.

Preferred qualifications:
• Demonstrated ability to work safely and efficiently in ABSL-2 or higher conditions.

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and three references (contact information only).

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.

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
  • 3 required (contact information only)