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Specialist – Kim Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 27th, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Dec 12, 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, May 27, 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 study vascular development and dysgenesis of the visual system 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 combines 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 independent research and assist with collaborative projects studying vascular development within genetic models of disease. Additional techniques may include, but are not limited to: basic molecular biology, biochemistry, ELISA, western-blotting, cell culture, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, animal dissection, cell harvesting, flow cytometry, PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, genotyping, and microscopy. Experience with advanced optical imaging is not required, but a willingness to learn and use such techniques is expected. The successful candidate will also provide technical assistance, prepare and arrange reagents, order and inventory stock, maintain a mouse colony, and provide a research database for animal husbandry. The candidate will teach other lab members research skills and help oversee them in their lab duties.

The applicant must be hard working, passionate about research, organized, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. The candidate is expected to organize and analyze data, prepare figures for presentations and manuscripts, and mentor junior lab members. There will be opportunity to write manuscripts, present data, and apply for research funding if desired.

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

• Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least four years of research experience.

• Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree), or must have at least 5 years of research experience.

• Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess a master’s or terminal degree, and at least 5 years of research experience. Appointees at the Associate level should have record of academic accomplishment including published work. Additionally, appointees at the Associate level will be expected to plan and execute research with a considerable level of independence.

• Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess a terminal degree and at least 10 years of experience with a record of academic accomplishment including publication and presentations. A record of University and/or public service and a record of garnering research funding are preferred. Appointees at the Full level will be expected to plan and execute independent research, write manuscripts, present their findings at meetings, and assist in applying for research funding.

UCSF 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)