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Junior Specialist - Diabetes Center

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 29th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Aug 13, 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: Friday, Jan 29, 2021 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.


The Diabetes Center at the University of California, San Francisco is seeking a Junior Specialist who will be split effort between Dr. Vaisse’s lab and UCSF Mouse Metabolic Core.

The UCSF Mouse Metabolism Core is seeking a full-time staff at the rank of Junior to perform metabolic studies on rodents. The successful candidate appointed at the Junior level must have a B.Sc degree or must have at least four years of research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities). The candidate should basic knowledge in biological sciences, data analysis, and development of experimental protocols. The candidate should also demonstrate superb communication skills in speaking and writing, attentions to details, and the ability to work in a team setting. Having the ability to handle rodents is a must, and being flexible in work schedule to accommodate experimental needs is highly desirable.

Under direct supervision with training provided, the candidate will perform research activities in molecular genetics and neuroscience in Vaisse lab. This will include, husbandry, stereotaxic surgery and physiological studies in mice as well as isolate organs, embed and section tissues using cryostats; perform immunohistochemistry on sectioned and whole mount material. In addition, the applicant will assist Dr. Vaisse and his lab in performing other experiments in the laboratory; ordering of supplies and maintain the laboratory operation.

Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of mouse genetics and husbandry
• Basic understanding of Mouse management, handling, and surgery
• Basic understanding of tissue histology and staining
• Basic understanding of trouble-shooting experiments and problem solving
• Basic skills in statistical analysis and the use of relevant statistical software
• Preparation of scientific figures using Power Point, Adobe Illustrator, and/or similar programs
• Data analytical and interpretation skills

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. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

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)