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Specialist – Kim Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 8th, 2019

Last review date: Saturday, Nov 23, 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, May 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.


Specialist – Kim Lab

A Specialist position is available to develop optical methods and study genetic models of human disease within the Department of Ophthalmology at the UCSF School of Medicine.

The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology is one of the leading ophthalmology departments in clinical care, training, and research nationwide. The Department of Ophthalmology is a one of the largest recipients of federal grant funds among peer departments and has been in the top 10 in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, currently ranking #2. Additionally, we have been the #1 recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness funding nationwide. Overall, the Department has a wide-¬ranging portfolio of 60 active research grants. Research, patient care, teaching, and public service activities are at multiple UCSF campuses: Parnassus, Mt. Zion, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC), Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG), and Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay. The Department occupies over 60,000 of assignable square feet of space and supports 25 full-¬time clinical faculty, 10 basic scientists, over 50 volunteer and visiting faculty, 12 postdoctoral scholars, 15 residents, seven clinical fellows, graduate students, visiting researchers, as well as clinic and research staff for a total of 235 full time employees (FTEs).

The Kim Lab uses advanced optical and in vivo imaging approaches, as well as cell biological and genetic tools, to study eye and brain development with a focus on the role of aberrant vascularization in vision threatening diseases. The overall goal of our research is to identify molecular and physiologic mechanisms underlying pathologic vascular growth and remodeling within various compartments of the visual system, and to employ our findings toward guiding targeted therapeutic interventions.

The successful candidate will conduct an independent research project and collaborative projects that both develop and utilize multiphoton imaging and analytical methods for studying vascular development within in vivo models of disease. Additional techniques may include, but are not limited to: basic molecular biology, biochemistry, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, and traditional forms of microscopy.

The successful applicant is expected to apply for research funds, present data at scientific meetings, prepare manuscripts, mentor junior lab members and participate in a robust training program to prepare the candidate for a career as an independent PI and/or clinician scientist.

The applicant must be hard working, passionate about research and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Experience with advanced optical imaging is required. A published track record and experience with handling and caring for a mouse colony are preferred.

We are seeking a Specialist at the Junior, Assistant, Associate, and Full rank.

• Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent 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).

• Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Master’s degree or must have at least 5 years of research experience, or demonstrate advanced skills in optical imaging methods and research specialization.

• Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent) or must have at least 10 years of research experience in with a significant record of academic accomplishment including publication and a record of University and/or public service. Appointees at the Full level will provide considerable independence in planning and execution of research.

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

• Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire.

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.

Interested individuals should send their CV, Cover Letter, and Contact Information for two references at 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.

Please direct any questions to Tyson Kim,

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 required (contact information only)