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Ramani Lab- Junior Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 29th, 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: Tuesday, Mar 29, 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

Ramani Lab Junior Specialist

Job Description:
The Ramani Lab at UCSF is looking to hire a research specialist to assist with wet-lab research in the lab. The Ramani Lab develops and applies novel sequencing technologies to study transcriptional regulation at genome-scale. These include methods to measure chromosome structure, chromosome accessibility, and transcriptional programs in diverse cell types and under different extracellular conditions. The junior specialist will specifically be involved in generating single-cell and single-molecule sequencing libraries for the Illumina and PacBio sequencing platforms, performing various molecular biological experiments within the lab, and analyzing and reporting on sequencing data results. Candidates should have previous molecular biological experience, strong organizational & communication skills, and be capable of working independently. A 2‐year commitment will be preferred.

Job Responsibilities:
The specialist will be responsible for carrying out diverse experiments to support the Ramani Lab’s goal of using high-throughput sequencing to understand how mammalian genomes are regulated under different conditions. As such, the junior specialist will be responsible for carrying out basic and complex molecular biological experiments to create sequencing libraries compatible with various high-throughput sequencing machines. Applicants will be expected to follow and often generate detailed molecular biological protocols to barcode, amplify, and otherwise process both DNA and RNA samples from mammalian cells. Applicants will also be expected to perform quality-control experiments to validate these samples, and sequence these samples on appropriate sequencing instruments. The specialist will also be expected to assist with ordering reagents, aiding with lab organization, and other administrative tasks as needed.

• B.S./B.A. degree in a relevant field at the time of hire, and previous molecular biology laboratory experience.

• Laboratory experience generating sequencing libraries for the Illumina and / or Pacific Biosciences platforms.

• A degree may be in process at the time of application submission, however, the degree must be processed by the appointment effective date.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with single-cell / low-input sequencing technologies.

• Experience with mammalian tissue culture.

• Any scripting / bioinformatics experience (i.e. UNIX, C++, Python, R).

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.

UCSF 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 two reference contacts.

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
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Francisco, CA