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Specialist – Ou Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 8th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Feb 3, 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, Jul 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 – Ou Lab

A Specialist position is available in the Ou Lab, 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 goal of the Ou Lab is to understand how the retina reacts in the face of injury, specifically the neurodegenerative disease glaucoma.

The specialist will help conduct experiments, perform scientific work, and ensure that the lab runs smoothly. Responsibilities will include mouse colony maintenance, genotyping, experimental support, lab organization, and management. The successful candidate will also provide technical assistance, prepare and arrange reagents, order and inventory stock and provide a research database for animal husbandry

The ideal candidate will be highly conscientious, hardworking, organized, responsible and self-driven, work both independently and as a team and will have familiarity with or be eager to learn molecular biology, cell biology, and imaging techniques. While animal experience is preferred, it is not required, but a desire to work with animals in the laboratory setting is required. Prior research or wet lab experience is preferred.

This is a particularly good role for individuals interested in a career in medicine or science, including those considering graduate or medical school. Mentorship is emphasized in the Ou lab and we have a strong track record of students successfully transitioning to graduate and medical school.

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

• Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a baccalaureate degree or must have at least four years of research experience.

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

• Degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology or a related field is preferred.

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

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

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.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that 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 Dr. Ou:

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)