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Junior Specialist- Frank Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 31st, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Feb 15, 2021 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, Jul 31, 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.

Position description

Junior Specialist- Frank Lab

The Frank Lab at the University of California, San Francisco is looking for two Junior Specialists (Technicians) to begin work in the Summer (preferred) or Fall of 2020. These are full-time paid positions, two-year minimum commitment required, during which the technician will work directly with graduate student or post-doctoral mentors performing in vivo electrophysiology recordings in rats during complex behaviors. The lab focuses on the neural underpinnings of learning and memory. The projects take advantage of recently developed technology that enables us to record from hundreds of electrodes distributed across multiple brain regions in freely behaving rats. There is also an opportunity to be part of related experiments that will use real-time detection of specific brain events to trigger targeted optogenetic inhibition. The scientific goal of the projects is to develop an understanding of neural activity patterns that support memory formation and flexible decision-making. Responsibilities include handling and behavioral training of rats, construction of microelectrode drives, participation in rat implant surgeries, development of behavioral analyses, and collection of large scale electrophysiology datasets.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, bioengineering, or a related field by the start date.
• Applicants must list required degree (or if pending) on CV upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with animal handling and behavior
• Programming experience (Python, MATLAB)
• Scientific research experience

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.

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and three references.

Application Requirements

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
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Francisco, CA