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Junior Specialist- Poskanzer Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 25th, 2019

Next review date: Monday, Mar 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, May 25, 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.


We seek to hire a research assistant to work with current graduate students and postdocs in our neurobiological lab focused on neurons and non-neuronal cells in the cerebral cortex. This researcher will be involved in experiments using advanced imaging approaches to probe cell and circuit physiology. Responsibilities may include steroetaxic surgeries to deliver viruses to specific anatomical sites in the mouse brain, imaging and electrophysiological experiments and analyses, immunohistochemistry, mouse husbandry, and other duties as assigned.

Junior specialists must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in biology or related discipline. Experience working in a neuroscience research laboratory is a prerequisite. This is a full-time position, but there is start-date flexibility for the right candidate. This would be an ideal position for a recent or upcoming graduate seeking to gain laboratory research experience using state-of-the-art techniques in neuroscience prior to applying to graduate school, and it is our intention for the selected candidates to contribute meaningfully to projects and co-author peer-reviewed publications.

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) in biology or related discipline
• > 1yr of experience working in a neuroscience research laboratory
• 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
• Mouse handling experience
• Immunohistochemistry experience
• Strong organizational skills

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 required (contact information only)