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Associate/Full Research Specialist – Ashworth Lab

Application Window

Open date: October 29th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Aug 6, 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: Friday, Apr 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

Associate/Full Research Specialist – Ashworth Lab

The Ashworth Lab is looking for an outstanding candidate to fill a Research Scientist position.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Work independently and collaboratively to develop and pursue research projects aimed at discovering novel genetic vulnerabilities and drug sensitivities in cancer.
• Train and mentor PhD students, postdocs, and other laboratory staff.
• Assist with ordering, maintenance of lab equipment and other lab organization.

Required qualifications:
• Applicants need to be self-motivated, fast learners, critical thinkers, and enthusiastic about science and medicine.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot experiments.
• At least 3 years working full time in a wet lab environment.
• At least 1 year of experience working with mammalian cell lines in culture.
• Experience performing basic molecular biology techniques, including molecular cloning, nucleic acid isolation, PCR, and protein expression analysis.
• Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess (or be in the process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least five to ten years of research experience.
• Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess (or be in the process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least ten or more years of research experience.
• Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.
• Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire.

Preferred qualifications:
• Expertise in cancer biology.
• Experience performing gene transfer studies using lentiviral infection of human cell cultures.
• Experience with CRISPR-editing and pooled CRISPR screening techniques.
• Programming and/or bioinformatics experience.
• Possess a PhD degree.
• More than 2 years of postdoctoral training.

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)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Francisco, CA