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Junior or Assistant Specialist- Chou Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 18th, 2019
Last review date: Thursday, Oct 3, 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, Mar 18, 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.


University of California, San Francisco
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

The Chou Lab ( in UCSF’s Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is an interdisciplinary research group focused on biological research at the interface of structural biology, microbiology, and pathogenesis. We are seeking a specialist at the junior or assistant level to join the group. We strive to build a collaborative team that is rooted in equity, scientific rigor, and open access. This position would be an ideal opportunity for highly motivated individuals with a long-term interest in research and potential goal of attending a research-intensive graduate program. The available research position will allow one to expand their experimental skillset in molecular biology and biochemistry while learning how to drive an independent research project. Applicants must have excellent communication and organization skills.

Manage day-to-day lab operation: Perform general lab duties including but not restricted to: preparation of stock solutions, plates, and media; equipment maintenance; cleaning of glassware. Assist in molecular biology and microbiology research. We seek a candidate with basic experience in molecular techniques (DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, cloning, DNA/protein quantification, DNA and SDS PAGE electrophoresis, Western blot analysis). Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in microbiology techniques (bacteria culturing, generation of deletion or insertion mutants, strain characterization by PCR). We are seeking an individual with superior organization skills to streamline lab operations by assisting with other major research projects in the lab.

In addition to day-to-day assistance, candidate will be expected to carry out a research project focused on how ticks promote pathogen transmission of microbes at the host bite site. This study will require that the candidate is highly proactive about developing novel assays and interfacing with collaborators. Research will involve basic tissue culture techniques and live tick and mouse work. Experience in these areas is not required, but enthusiasm to learn is a must.
We are seeking at least a 1.5-2 year commitment. Depending on performance and workload, opportunities for mentorship of other trainees, oral presentations, and scientific writing will be available. This position is ideal for someone seeking research experience towards the pursuit of graduate school or medical school.

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 will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

• A B.S. or B.A. (or in process)
• At least one year (part-time) in addition to one full-time summer previous research experience in molecular biology or microbiology lab.
• Must have strong people skills with the ability to work with diverse trainees.
• Highly organized and detail oriented.
• Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon application submission.
• Applicants must meet all of the requirements including degree requirement by the time of hire.

Preferred Skills
• Experience with tissue culture and/or mouse work
• Experience with protein expression and purification
• Ability and desire to learn new experimental approaches

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, 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 letters of reference required