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Microbiome Genomics CoLab Research Assistant

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 8th, 2019

Last review date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 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, Apr 8, 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.


Microbiome Genomics CoLab Research Assistant


Under the direction of the Microbiome Genomics CoLab Director the incumbent will serve as a research assistant, with a focus toward providing microbiome genomics analysis services to users within the BCMM, the University of California San Francisco and beyond.

The recently launched UCSF BCMM is focused on human microbiome research, with a particular interest in accelerating discovery and translation in the fields of early life microbiome and therapeutic development. The Center is developing multiple collaborative labs (CoLabs), technology hubs that facilitate microbiome research projects. Research projects facilitated through the Microbiome Genomics CoLab will be diverse, spanning disciplines within all schools across campus, and may include one or more of the following: Providing guidance on appropriate sample collection and preservation methods, sample extraction for library preparation, sequencing (16S rRNA, ITS2 and metagenomics) and data analyses. In addition the research assistant, under direction of the Microbiome Genomics CoLab Director will be responsible for development of novel genomics tools to address ongoing challenges in the field of translational Microbiome research.

The candidate will provide technical support to the CoLab, receiving, cataloging and processing a variety of sample types from investigators across campus. The research assistant will work closely with the director and a data analyst to facilitate timely data generation.

• A B.Sc. or higher in Biology or related field, with at least two years of experience in microbiome research.
• Experience in large-scale sample handling and processing.
• Expertise in microbiome genomics assay implementation, including nucleic acid extraction, biomarker and metagenomic library preparation and data handling.
• Proven project management skills; capacity to manage multiple sub-projects simultaneously.
• Demonstrated ability to organize, interpret, evaluate, and present research findings in a variety of formats including research manuscripts, grant proposals, external manuscripts, and oral presentations and in collaborative and instructional scientific interactions within laboratory and discussion settings.
• Ability to utilize on-line databases and other software to create, retrieve, and compile data using standard software programs.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, and industry partners, with an emphasis on collaboration, tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.
• Solid communications skills with the ability to speak and write clearly about technical and scientific research and develop narrative for correspondence, brochures, and other public relations material.

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
  • 3 required (contact information only)