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Junior Specialist- Weiss Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 28th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Feb 5, 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: Monday, Feb 28, 2022 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 - Weiss Lab

The WA Weiss Lab at the Helen Diller Cancer Center at UCSF is seeking a talented, motivated and energetic individual looking to gain experience in academic research in a dynamic and diverse lab environment. Specifically, we are seeking a Junior Specialist who will join a team of scientists using stem cell based models to study mechanisms that drive neural pediatric tumors. Candidates will perform molecular biology techniques, particularly cloning targeting constructs and CRISPR plasmids, assist in culturing and differentiating human stem cells, isolate and analyze RNA and protein expression via qPCR analysis, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and Western blot. The Junior Specialist will also work with mice, performing surgeries and orthotopic injections, and pre-clinical drug treatments. Candidates will have the opportunity to present at lab meetings, career development seminars and conferences, earn authorships on publications where they contribute data. They will assist in lab management duties, order entry, making sure protocols are in compliance, and orienting new lab members. This is an ideal position to gain experience in both basic science and translational research and suited for those who have a desire to pursue an advanced degree in biological sciences or medicine.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in biological-related science
  • Knowledge and/or experience with basic cell and molecular biology protocols
  • Experience culturing mammalian cells
  • Ability to learn more advanced wet lab techniques (library preparation for sequencing, immunoprecipitation)
  • Strong organizational, multitasking, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team
  • Candidate must meet the qualifications by the time of appointment
  • Candidate’s CV and/or cover letter must list basic qualifications (or if pending) upon submission

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with culturing human pluripotent stem cells or embryonic stem cells
  • Previous experience working with mice
  • Genome editing (e.g. CRISRP/Cas9) experience

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

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.

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 letters of reference required

Job location

San Francisco, CA