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Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist (Derynck Lab)

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 11th, 2020

Last review date: Saturday, Apr 11, 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: Saturday, Sep 11, 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/Assistant/Associate Specialist (Derynck Lab)

The Derynck Lab, located in the Regeneration Medicine building (Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research) at the UCSF Parnassus campus, is seeking a highly motivated candidate interested in conducting basic science research with a focus on studying mechanisms of TGF-beta signaling in mammalian cells and tissues. This full-time position will involve working closely with the PI in the laboratory.

The chief responsibilities will include molecular biology and cell biology experiments aimed at directing and inactivating the expression of proteins of interest, cell culture experiments to study protein expression and protein interactions, statistical analyses for the detection of RNA expression levels, and independent literature research to support the generation of new ideas and troubleshoot experimental designs. This position is for one year, and possibly beyond, and suitable for an individual with very extensive molecular biology experience as well as substantial cell biology experience who is looking to gain research experience on the way to further career development, such as going on to graduate, medical, or MD/PhD training.

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 and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess (or be in the process of obtaining, at the time of application) a bachelor’s degree or at least 4 years of research experience.

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

Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least 5-10 years of research experience.

Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills are important.

Required skills: extensive molecular biology experience aimed at directed expression of recombinant proteins, biochemistry experience to detect protein expression and protein interactions, mammalian cell biology and cell transfections, RT-PCR.

Candidates must meet the stated qualifications by the time of the appointment.

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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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)

Job location

San Francisco, CA